Round Mountain Trail

Silver Beach, Washington

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This is a steep but short trail with incredible views and great wildlife viewing opportunities. The trail climbs relentlessly from the first step, first through cool forest and then finally, near the top, in open meadow. There are no views until the trail nears the summit, but deer and elk browse in the forest around the trail, and black bears frequent the area as well. An impressive array of birds is also found in this area; from cedar waxwings to golden eagles, the forests— and the skies above them—are filled with feathered beasts.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

This is a steep but short trail with incredible views and great wildlife viewing opportunities. The trail climbs relentlessly from the first step, first through cool forest and then finally, near the top, in open meadow.

There are no views until the trail nears the summit, but deer and elk browse in the forest around the trail, and black bears frequent the area as well. An impressive array of birds is also found in this area; from cedar waxwings to golden eagles, the forests— and the skies above them—are filled with feathered beasts.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Silver Beach
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 1,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: June-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,200 feet
Top Elevation: 5,900 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Naches Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 303 White Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Round Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/6/2011
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I was scouting out some hikes in the vicinity of Clear Lake with my daughters and found this gem. Fairly short, but steep enough to give my heart a good workout and to probably discourage many casual hikers. The trail climbs steadily through the forest with some open areas with views peeking through the trees. As the trail winds around the north side of Round Mountain, there is a great view of Mt Rainier through a break in the trees. A little more climbing brings you to the top of Round Mountain, with a panoramic view down the Tieton valley to the east and of Mount Adams and the Goat Rocks to the south. On a clear day, it's a spectacular view, well worth the effort.



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