Takh Takh Meadow and Lava Flow Trail

Trout Lake, Washington

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Takhlakh Lake is the loveliest place in the Gifford Pinchot Forest, with its famous calendar-picture setting of Mount Adams reflected in the lake. The lake and popular campground are readily accessible by car. However, there are also two great trails. One, an easy 1-mile trail, circles the beautiful lake. The other, to Takh Takh Meadow, will fascinate five- and six-year-old children, as it climbs onto a 2000-year-old rough lava flow and weaves its way through lava solidified into chunks. Older kids win love to explore the rock crevasses and battlements like those on top of an ancient fort. Watch children carefully. The trail is excellent, but if you are exploring rock crevasses and battlements, parents should lead the way. Be sure you have plenty of mosquito repellent. The Takh Takh meadows are fine breeding grounds for these pests up until the beginning of August.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Takhlakh Lake is the loveliest place in the Gifford Pinchot Forest, with its famous calendar-picture setting of Mount Adams reflected in the lake. The lake and popular campground are readily accessible by car. However, there are also two great trails. One, an easy 1-mile trail, circles the beautiful lake. The other, to Takh Takh Meadow, will fascinate five- and six-year-old children, as it climbs onto a 2000-year-old rough lava flow and weaves its way through lava solidified into chunks.

Older kids win love to explore the rock crevasses and battlements like those on top of an ancient fort. Watch children carefully. The trail is excellent, but if you are exploring rock crevasses and battlements, parents should lead the way. Be sure you have plenty of mosquito repellent. The Takh Takh meadows are fine breeding grounds for these pests up until the beginning of August.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Trout Lake
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 80 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: July to October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,570 feet
Top Elevation: 4,650 feet
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 334 Blue Lake; USFS Gifford Pinchot
Driving Directions: Directions to Takh Takh Meadow and Lava Flow Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/29/2005
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Excellent short trail with easy access from a number of points. Lava flow provides fun caving and low-technical bouldering and scrambling opportunities.


7/2/2005
0

Short hike from the Takhalak Lake Campground. Nice hike through the woods and opens up to a large boulder field and ridge. Trail goes up the ridge along the edge of a small cliff. Kids had a great time climbing around on all the boulders and looking down inside all the mini caves between them. This is a good one for the kids.



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