Trout Lake, Washington
Mt. Adams (12,280 feet) dominates the landscape in the bucolic foothill town of Trout Lake. The White Salmon (classic NW rafting and kayaking) and Trout Creek (fly fishing) hug the small town, running off into the distance with the dairy and herb farms that blanket the hillsides. There are few amenities in town, but the camping options nearby draw visitors to the area. The Mt. Adams Ranger District Office is also in town, so climbers looking to summit the volcano pass through for permits and information. Hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers, cyclists, snowmobilers, and backcountry skiers can find plenty to do in the surrounding Gifford Pinchot National Forest, making Trout Lake a viable base camp for SW Washington exploration.
In the summer of ’96, I ran into a friend that I hadn’t seen in awhile. After catching up and laughing about the crazy times back in college, he mentioned that a few guys were climbing Mount Shuksan in a couple of weeks and asked if I wanted to join them. I immediately said yes, […]
The Washington Backcountry Discovery Route (WABDR) is an overlanding route across Washington State from Oregon to British Columbia that utilizes mostly unpaved public backroads. The route climbs over the vast mountains and ridges of Washington’s Cascade Range. Four-wheel drive vehicles with high clearance or adventure motorcycles are the required vehicles for travel along this route. […]