Trail #216E Windy

Area Status: Unreachable

The one mile Windy Trail provides a connection from Truman Trail #207 to Loowit Trail #216. It is the most direct access for hikers from Windy Ridge Viewpoint on Forest Road 99 to the Loowit Trail and Loowit Falls Viewpoint Trail #216F.

The Windy Trail passes the location of the Timberline Campground and Viewpoint that were destroyed in the 1980 eruption. If you look closely you can still see traces of asphalt from the road and parking lot.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Winter conditions exist; expect snow and ice.
Usage: Medium
  • No off trail travel.
  • No pets, stock, or bicycles.
  • Day-use only.
Closest Towns: Cougar, WA
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Windy Ridge Interpretive Site.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Gifford Pinchot National Forest Offices

General Information


From Cougar, WA take Lewis River Road east for 2.8 miles. The road then changes to Forest Road 90. Continue on Forest Road 90 for 16 miles and stay to the left on Forest Road 25, pass the Pine Creek Information Center. Drive Forest Road 25 for 25 miles to the junction of Forest Road 99. Turn left onto Forest Road 99 towards Windy Ridge. Drive approximately 16.4 miles to Windy Ridge Interpretive Site.

Truman Trail takes off from the far end of the parking lot. Hike approximately 2 miles to the Windy Trail 216E, which connects the Truman Trail #207 and Loowit Trail #216.



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  Area/Length : 
1.0 miles

  Elevation : 
4100' - 4300'


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