Mt. Adams area

Area Status: Open
Welcome to Trout Lake sign

Mt. Adams area is administered by the Mt Adams Ranger District. This area is located in the eastern portions of Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington, and comprises 367,000 acres. This area includes Mt. Adams Wilderness, Indian Heaven Wilderness and Trapper Creek Wilderness.

The Lewis River Recreation Area is within Mt. Adams Ranger District. The Lewis River Recreation Area is a 14-mile corridor, situated alongside the Lewis River and Forest Road 90 within the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. This popular recreation area is located 26 miles east of Cougar, and 29 miles west of Trout Lake, WA. This area provides access to the popular Lewis River Trail #31, and associated waterfall viewing. Advanced reservations via are required daily during the busy visitor season from June 15 through September 30.  

Mt. Adams is a prominent landmark in the area. Elevations here range between 1200 feet at the Wind River Work Center, 12 miles north of Carson, WA., and 12,276 feet at the summit of Mt. Adams. Precipitation varies from 70.7 inches of rain and 65.1 inches of snow at the Wind River Work Center and 44.1 inches of rain and 95.7 inches of snow at the Mt. Adams Ranger District office in Trout Lake, WA. The area features a great diversity of habitats and features, from old growth to second growth forest, wetland areas, low and high elevation meadows, glaciers, and low and high elevation lakes.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • View current office hours (call ahead before visiting in case of an unexpected closure)
  • To contact our office, please call (509) 395-3402. If you're unable to reach anyone, please leave a message with your phone number stated clearly and we will attempt to return your call as soon as possible.
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Permit Info: 4/16/2024: If visiting the Mt. Adams Ranger Station to purchase a permit, we recommend calling the station’s number ahead of time to confirm they will be available at the time of your arrival. Hours can unexpectedly change due to a temporary staffing shortage.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Information Center: Please contact the Mt. Adams Ranger District at 509-395-3402.

General Information


Mt Adams Ranger Station:

2455 Hwy 141
Trout Lake, WA 98650

Phone: (509) 395 3402

Directions: At Bingen, WA., take Hwy 141 north 25 miles to Trout Lake, WA. Continue on Hwy 141 through Trout Lake, one mile , and you will see the sign for the Mt. Adams Ranger District.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Areas for Mountain Biking at Mt. Adams area

Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Mt. Adams area

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Mt. Adams area

Group Camping

Areas for Group Camping at Mt. Adams area

Cabin Rentals

Areas for Cabin Rentals at Mt. Adams area

Day Hiking

Areas for Day Hiking at Mt. Adams area


Areas for Backpacking at Mt. Adams area

Horse Camping

Areas for Horse Camping at Mt. Adams area

Horse Riding

Areas for Horse Riding at Mt. Adams area

Viewing Wildlife

Areas for Viewing Wildlife at Mt. Adams area

Viewing Plants

Areas for Viewing Plants at Mt. Adams area

Viewing Scenery

Areas for Viewing Scenery at Mt. Adams area


Areas for Caving at Mt. Adams area

Boating - Motorized

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Mt. Adams area

Boating - Non-Motorized

Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized at Mt. Adams area


Areas for Swimming at Mt. Adams area

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