Burnt Rock Trail

Randle, Washington

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Burnt Rock is an appropriate name for the black mound of basalt piled up near Sheep Lake. The rock is one of the many upthrusts of volcanic rock in this area of massive lava beds, and Sheep Lake is a cool pool of sparkling water nestled in the folds of lava near the base of Burnt Rock. The trail passes a few small barren lava beds, some deep old-growth pine and cedar forests, and fields of huckleberries big enough to satisfy the hunger of a battalion of bears and an army of hikers. The berries of Mount Adams are legendary for their size, their number, and their sweet sun-enriched flavor. Berry bushes line this route from start to finish, sometimes in small clumps in the open forest, sometimes in vast berry patches in the clearings. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to hike all day, nibbling on juicy fruit as you walk, with wonderful views of the snow-capped mountain before you.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Burnt Rock is an appropriate name for the black mound of basalt piled up near Sheep Lake. The rock is one of the many upthrusts of volcanic rock in this area of massive lava beds, and Sheep Lake is a cool pool of sparkling water nestled in the folds of lava near the base of Burnt Rock. The trail passes a few small barren lava beds, some deep old-growth pine and cedar forests, and fields of huckleberries big enough to satisfy the hunger of a battalion of bears and an army of hikers.

The berries of Mount Adams are legendary for their size, their number, and their sweet sun-enriched flavor. Berry bushes line this route from start to finish, sometimes in small clumps in the open forest, sometimes in vast berry patches in the clearings. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to hike all day, nibbling on juicy fruit as you walk, with wonderful views of the snow-capped mountain before you.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Randle
Distance: 13
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late June-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,700 feet
Top Elevation: 6,100 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount Adams Ranger District (509) 395-3400
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 367S Mount Adams
Driving Directions: Directions to Burnt Rock Trail

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