Trailhead: Independence Pass

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed
 

Independence Pass Trail has experienced significant washouts- visitors cannot safely hike beyond the first 1.5 miles of the trail from the Independence Pass trailhead and will be unable to connect with the Boundary Trail.

Provides access to: Independence Pass Trail #227 and Independence Ridge Trail #227A.

Located on Forest Road 99 this trailhead also accesses a short hike to an interpretive view point of Spirit Lake.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:
  • Independence Pass Trail has experienced significant washouts- visitors cannot safely hike beyond the first�1.5 miles�of the trail from the Independence Pass trailhead and will be unable to connect with the Boundary Trail.
  • Forest Roads 99 and 26 are closed for the winter. Roads normally reopen in June.
Fees $5/vehicle/day or a valid Recreation Pass. See Mount St. Helens Map for fee and payment sites.
Permit Info: Mount Margaret Backcountry Permit required for overnight camping in the Mount Margaret Backcountry.    
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Randle, WA
Water: No
Restroom: No
Passes: America the Beautiful or Northwest Forest Pass accepted.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:

General Information

Directions:

Forest Road 99


Accessibility:
Directions:

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 12.2 miles to Independence Pass Trailhead.


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Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.28218

  Longitude : 
-122.09664

  Elevation : 
4100

 



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