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Independence Pass Loop

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens
46.2820, -122.0966 Map & Directions
Length
6.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1665 feet
Highest Point
4700 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
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  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Wildlife
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

The Independence Pass trail is impassable past the first 1.5 miles due to significant washouts and cannot currently be connected with the Boundary Trail to complete this loop. Continue reading

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Hiking Independence Pass Loop

The Independence Pass trail is impassable past the first 1.5 miles due to significant washouts and cannot currently be connected with the Boundary Trail to complete this loop.

WTA worked here in 2021 and 2018!

Independence Pass Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.2820, -122.0966 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From State Highway 12 in Randle, take Hwy 131S south for 2.8 miles to Forest Road 25. Continue on FR 25 for another 24.3 miles to the junction with Forest Road 99. Turn right onto FR 99 towards Windy Ridge. Drive approximately 12.2 miles to Independence Pass Trailhead. on your right.

From Cougar, take Lewis River Road east for 2.8 miles. The road then changes to Forest Road 90. Continue on FR 90 for 16 miles and stay to the left on Forest Road 25, pass the Pine Creek Information Center. Drive FR 25 for 25 miles to the junction of Forest Road 99. Turn left onto FR 99 towards Windy Ridge. Drive approximately 12.2 miles to Independence Pass Trailhead on your right.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

South Cascades > Mount St. Helens

Independence Pass (#227)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails No. 332 Spirit Lake

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Independence Pass Loop

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