Stagman Ridge Trail

Trout Lake, Washington 98650

Stagman Ridge Trail

Stagman Ridge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Hike this lightly used access route to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the flower-covered meadows on the southern slope of Mount Adams. The old roadbed ends as the route leaves the clear-cut, at 4,490 feet elevation.

A few yards farther along, you pass the Mount Adams Wilderness boundary. The track now climbs gently but steadily northeast through the virgin forest. One-half mile into the wilderness, the first views of Mount Adams show up through the trees ahead. Columbine, asters, and goldenrod add spots of color along the path as you climb."

Stagman Ridge Trail Reviews

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Caveat: I'm giving this 5 stars largely because I tagged on part of the Northbound PCT. It was AMAZING! I hiked in by Stagman, according to this Guide, and set up camp at Horseshoe Meadows. I didn't encounter any other hikers until I reached the camp. Stagman was a little challenging for me since I had a full pack for solo camping. Still, my trail running shoes were perfect for the job. I'd recommend long pants - while the trail is very clear, it is sometimes narrow with tallish brush on either side. I passed through 2+ beautiful wildflower-filled meadows and enjoyed awesome views of Adams. After setting up camp, I headed E on Round the Mtn Trail. There's a spur trail just ahead of the first stream after the meadow. If you head N on it just a few hundred feet, you'll reach a small but lovely cascading waterfall. I tried to get to Lookingglass "Lake", but lost the trail and had to head back before sun down. The real magic, though, was the next day. I connected up with N-bound PCT. Breathtaking views at every turn! I made it up and through the lava fields, also incredible, then turned around and headed back. The Pikas cheered me on. Downsides: Aside from the Stagman Ridge Trail part, the trails are fairly popular. I was especially disappointed when a large boyscout troop showed up at Horseshoe Meadows and I lost my camp solitude. There aren't many other options in the area for camping. And the mosquitoes! My goodness, they made it impossible to sit in quiet enjoyment outside of a tent during the day. Seriously, I recommend calling the ranger station to get the bug status report, and consider postponing a trip here until they thin out. All that said, the wildflowers, butterflies, birds and views made it all very worthwhile!

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Trail Information

Trout Lake
Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Mid-July through September
4,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,900 feet
Top Elevation
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Adams West
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018