Placid Lake Trail to the PCT

Trout Lake, Washington

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Without losing or gaining much elevation, hike to Placid Lake. Then climb the moderate grade to the views and flower-covered meadows next to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The wide, smooth Placid Lake Trail crosses a wooden bridge as it leaves the trailhead. The Indian Heaven Wilderness boundary is quickly passed as you hike southwest through the fir and hemlock forest. Soon the route begins to descend very gently. The trail forks 0.5 mile from the trailhead, at 4,040 feet elevation. The fork to the right (nearly straight-ahead) crosses a tiny meadow and reaches Placid Lake’s northwest corner in a few yards. Turn left at the fork and soon come to another fork.
Hiking Washington's Mount Adams Country

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Hiking Washington's Mount Adams Country

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Without losing or gaining much elevation, hike to Placid Lake. Then climb the moderate grade to the views and flower-covered meadows next to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

The wide, smooth Placid Lake Trail crosses a wooden bridge as it leaves the trailhead. The Indian Heaven Wilderness boundary is quickly passed as you hike southwest through the fir and hemlock forest. Soon the route begins to descend very gently. The trail forks 0.5 mile from the trailhead, at 4,040 feet elevation. The fork to the right (nearly straight-ahead) crosses a tiny meadow and reaches Placid Lake’s northwest corner in a few yards. Turn left at the fork and soon come to another fork.

©  Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Trout Lake
Distance: 5.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Mid-July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 4,200 feet
Top Elevation: 5,000 feet
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Wind River Ranger District, Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Lone Butte
Driving Directions: Directions to Placid Lake Trail to the PCT

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