Trailhead: Crest Camp

Area Status: Open

This trailhead provides easy access to good hiking and horse back riding on the Pacific Crest Trail which runs north from the trailhead to Indian Heaven Wilderness and south past the Big Lava Bed. 

Parking for about 10 vehicles. Amenties include picnic table, information board, and vault toilet. No potable water.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 06/16/2024: Trailhead is open. There is now a $5 Day use fee at this site. Use cash in the fee envelope, a NWFP or an Interagency Pass to pay the fee. For information contact Mt. Adams Ranger Station 509-395-3402.
Fees: $5/vehicle/day
Usage: Medium
  • Only one back-in is allowed at this site. Others can park on the road.
  • Motorized vehicles & bicycles prohibited on Pacific Crest Trail.
Closest Towns: Carson, WA; Trout Lake, WA
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Passes: Recreation Passes may be used as a form of fee payment. (NW Forest or Interagency Pass)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Mt. Adams Ranger District

General Information


From Carson, Washington drive north for 4.8 miles on Wind River Highway to Panther Creek Road. Take a right on Panther Creek Road at the sign for Panther Creek Campground. Stay on this road, which becomes Forest Road 65 at the forest boundary, for approximately 11 miles. At the intersection with Forest Road 60, take a right onto Forest Road 60. Travel about 1.7 miles on Forest Road 60 to the campground and Pacific Crest Trail access.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

No. of Sites 3
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

Day Hiking


Horse Camping

No. of Sites 3 single site(s)
Reservation Info Not reservable
No. of Accessible sites None

Horse Riding

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 is accessible from this camp. Access to Indian Heaven Wilderness.

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