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Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area
45.9731, -121.3419 Map & Directions
Length
2.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
223 feet
Highest Point
1905 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Elk in the foreground, Mount Adams in the background. Photo by Bob and Barb. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes

Conboy Lake is now more of a marsh than a lake but it is home to a variety of wildlife. The habitat consists of oak, pine, and aspen forests, wetlands and grassy prairies. Continue reading

Rating
3.00 out of 5

Hiking Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

This National Wildlife Refuge supports an abundance of wildlife all year round. Among the most notable is Washington’s only population of breeding sandhill cranes. Numerous other bird species frequent this area including elk, porcupine, and several other mammals. 

It’s a lucky thing that hikers can enjoy this area as visitors in a sanctuary for wildlife. The serene landscape here makes for a delightful visit. A two-mile trail loops through the refuge with views of Mt. Adams and plenty of opportunities to spot any number of birds and elk in the fields. Tack on another 3/4 of a mile to the opposite end of the loop to visit Willard Spring

This area is an important ancestral land for Native Americans. For visitors who are curious about history there is plenty to learn here from archaeological findings to accounts of the first settlers to arrive. Another feature of this refuge is the Whitcomb-Cole log cabin, which is still standing and open to visitors. It is an example of the types of houses pioneers lived in upon first arriving to the West. 

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Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.9731, -121.3419 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Getting There

From Stevenson, drive SR 14 east for 22 miles, turning left onto SR 141A. In 2.2 miles, bear left (north) onto SR 141 and follow it north for 16 miles, turning right onto Warner Road. After 0.8 mile, turn left onto Sunnyside Road and continue for 1.4 miles, turning right onto Trout Lake HWY. Drive 6.8 miles east, turning right onto Wildlife Refuge Road. Th is reached in 0.8 mile.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Columbia River Gorge (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

USGS Camas Prairie

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Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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