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Wood Lake

South Cascades

Location

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area
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Length

4.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 4860 ft.

Rating

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Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

Quiet little Wood Lake is so close to the trailhead for Cultus Creek that many don't consider it a destination, but if you're looking for a placid getaway even your littlest hiker will like, this may be just the place.

This hike begins where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses Forest Road 24, in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. Head south on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for about 1.4 miles, to where the trail junctions with Spur Trail #107.

This trail climbs up on the high west side of Sawtooth Mountain, but your route to Wood Lake simply continues on the PCT for another mile to the junction with Wood Lake Trail. Follow this trail downhill for a half mile and soon arrive at beautiful Wood Lake, at 4,860 feet of elevation.

 

Wood Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.0476, -121.7554 Open map in new window

Trailhead

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

Wood Lake (#185)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District

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Getting There

From Trout Lake, drive 17 miles on Forest Road 24 past Little Goose Campground to Cultus Creek Campground and trailhead.

From Vancouver, head east along Hwy 14 for about 41 miles to the exit to Carson via the Wind River Highway.

Follow the Wind River Hwy north through Carson. In 7.5 miles you will pass through the little community of Stabler, and in another 5.8 miles you will come to the junction of Forest Road 30. Turn right onto FR 30 and follow this road for 13.2 miles north along the Wind River. Then head up a steep incline and onto a plateau where you will come to the junction of the Curly Creek Road.

Continue north on FR 30 for another 5.1 miles and you will come to a junction of FR 420. Continue north on FR 30 for another 5.5 miles and you will come to the junction of FR 24. Bear right onto FR 24 and follow it for about a mile and you will come to the trailhead for this hike.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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