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Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

South Cascades


South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area
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2.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 1875 ft.


3.00 out of 5


This National Wildlife Refuge supports an abundance of wildlife all year round. Among the most notable is Washington’s only population of breeding sandhill cranes. Numerous other bird species frequent this area including elk, porcupine, and several other mammals. 

It’s a lucky thing that hikers can enjoy this area as visitors in a sanctuary for wildlife. The serene landscape here makes for a delightful visit. A two-mile trail loops through the refuge with views of Mt. Adams and plenty of opportunities to spot any number of birds and elk in the fields.

This area is an important ancestral land for Native Americans. For visitors who are curious about history there is plenty to learn here from archaeological findings to accounts of the first settlers to arrive. Another feature of this refuge is the Whitcomb-Cole log cabin, which is still standing and open to visitors. It is an example of the types of houses pioneers lived in upon first arriving to the West. 


Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 45.9731, -121.3419 Open map in new window


South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Columbia River Gorge (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

USGS Camas Prairie

Getting There

From Stevenson, drive SR 14 east for 22 miles, turning left onto SR 141A. In 2.2 miles, bear left (north) onto SR 141 and follow it north for 16 miles, turning right onto Warner Road. After 0.8 mile, turn left onto Sunnyside Road and continue for 1.4 miles, turning right onto Trout Lake HWY. Drive 6.8 miles east, turning right onto Wildlife Refuge Road. Th is reached in 0.8 mile.


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