Location: Gifford Pinchot, Mt. Adams
Roundtrip: 3 miles
Gain: 100 ft.
If you’re camping at the Takhlakh Lake Campground, you’re in luck! You can leave the car there and start hiking right out of the campground.
If you’re not staying at the campground you can pass the campground’s entrance and travel about 1/4 mile farther down the road before parking where trail #132 crosses over. There is limited parking here, but doing so will avoid the $5 day-use fee for parking at the campground. Just make sure you display your Forest or Interagency Pass!
When both trails are hiked together they form something like an odd figure 8.
While on the Takhlakh Lake trail you’ll pretty much be walking through the campground, though you are set apart from the campsites. The view of Mount Adams across the lake is worth it.
Be mindful not to get mixed up between the trail and the social paths that have been cut near the meadows. It’s easy to continue along the edge of the lava formation and leave the real trail behind.
If you find yourself at a near dead-end like section of the trail that looks “straight up” you’ve gone too far. Only extraordinarily nimble trekkers will brave scrambling this hill – but it is doable.
If you caught the right junction the trail should hug the meadow a bit before crossing back over the road. You’ll spend the next section of the loop traversing a lovely forest before returning to where you began, whether that be the road or campground.
Are There Toilets? : Yes. There are vault toilets available in the day use section of Takhlakh Campground. If you’re not staying at the campground and you didn’t pay the fee you’ll have to let it way on your conscience though.
How about Picnic Tables? : Yes, they can also be found in the day use area.
Do I Need a Parking Pass? : Yes. If you park on the road you’ll want to display a Forest or Interagency Pass, but if you park in the day use area you’ll need to pay the $5 fee.
Are Dogs Allowed? : Yes.
Can We Camp Here? : Yes! This trail runs through the Takhlakh Lake Campground.
When is the Best Time to Visit? : Late spring and summer are the best times to visit. Keep in mind that the campgrounds typically close the first week of September.
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