Council Bluff

Randle, Washington 98377

Council Bluff

Council Bluff Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Getting to Council Bluff is not nearly as exciting as the destination itself. A defunct Forest Service road leads the way to the short spur trail that puts you on the top.

The summit views are vast and well worth the yawns to get there. Years ago, a fire tower stood here, watching over Council Lake below and the Mount Adams Wilderness not far in the distance. Today, the fire tower is gone, leaving behind a perfectly flat place to enjoy a picnic with a bird’s-eye view."

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Day Hiking: South Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"Sure it’s a road walk, but the road has been largely reclaimed by the forest, and the destination is a view-rich summit that once held a fire lookout station. The route is easy enough that kids of all ages will be able to enjoy the walk, and when the hike is over everyone can take a cool dip in Council Lake down at the trailhead." Read more
Day Hiking Mount St. Helens (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano and Aaron Theisen
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"There's no debating it: this spectacular anyone-can-do-it trail rewards hikers with one of the region’s best views of Mount Adams. The former site of a fire lookout and, before that, a Native American meeting place, Council Bluff will leave you at a loss for words, if not for breath." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
890 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Best mid-July through October
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Blue Lake No. 334
Local Maps

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Dec 2018