Gotchen Creek Trail

Trout Lake, Washington 98650

Gotchen Creek Trail

Gotchen Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Combining Gotchen Creek Trail with fire roads makes for a moderately difficult 9.6-mile loop. Well-maintained gravel and dirt roads account for 6.6 miles of the trip. Gotchen Creek Trail descends overall and is in fair shape. The path is bumpy and hoof-worn in places. The trip begins with a four-mile climb to the upper trailhead. This grade begins easily with a nice warm-up; the remaining three miles are moderately difficult.

There are some views of Mt. Adams through the trees as you near the top of the climb. For a trail that drops over 1,000 feet in three miles, Gotchen Creek Trail contains a surprising number of short ascents, some steep. The ride from the lower trailhead back to your vehicle is an enjoyable descent along winding dirt roads. Classic forest road climb with singletrack descent. Scenery: Wooded forest; limited views of Mt. Adams through the trees."

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Trail Information

Trout Lake
Nearby City
1,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
June 1 to November 1.
3,160 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,660 feet
Top Elevation
Mt. Adams Ranger District, 509-395-2501
Local Contacts
Mt. Adams Ranger District, district map; USGS 7.5: King Mountain and Trout Lake.
Local Maps