Service Trail/Surprise Lakes

Trout Lake, Washington

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A great way to start your day at Mount Adams is the Service Trail near Surprise Lakes that offers a wonderful singletrack trip in a relatively short amount of time. There is a mellow road climb along fragrant berry fields and a winding trail around a couple of lakes before the singletrack races down into the woods on a very dusty trail frequently shared with motorcyclists. This trail doesn’t gain much elevation, but it climbs in and out of creek drainages, which is almost more tiring because there are few sections of straightaway. It’s a quick trip, though, and it makes an invigorating prelude to your day at Mount Adams.
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Mountain Biking Washington

by Amy & Mark Poffenbarger (Falcon Guides)

A great way to start your day at Mount Adams is the Service Trail near Surprise Lakes that offers a wonderful singletrack trip in a relatively short amount of time. There is a mellow road climb along fragrant berry fields and a winding trail around a couple of lakes before the singletrack races down into the woods on a very dusty trail frequently shared with motorcyclists.

This trail doesn’t gain much elevation, but it climbs in and out of creek drainages, which is almost more tiring because there are few sections of straightaway. It’s a quick trip, though, and it makes an invigorating prelude to your day at Mount Adams.

©  Amy & Mark Poffenbarger/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Trout Lake
Distance: 12.9
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Best in late spring to early fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 4,250 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mount Adams West
Driving Directions: Directions to Service Trail/Surprise Lakes

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