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Lemei Lake

South Cascades


South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area
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5.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.


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Tucked in the heart of the Indian Heaven Wilderness. The short and sweet Lemei Lake trail takes you through open meadow to a calm lake ringed with lush evergreens and grasses.

Beginning at the Indian Heaven Trail in Cultus Creek Campground, the trail travels south, skirting Bird Mountain and passing a junction to Deep Lakebefore arriving at a trail junction 2.5 miles in.

Take the right fork at this junction, and in less than a quarter mile, arrive at another junction. Here, you'll take the left fork, which is the Lemei Lake trail. The lake itself is only a half mile past this junction.

Stopping at the lake is a great spot to enjoy a picnic before heading back to the trailhead, but those with longer legs or more energy, may want to its end at a junction with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail 2000 near appropriately named Junction Lake.

WTA Pro Tip: While the Lemei Lake trail is 1.9 miles one way, it's a 5 mile round trip hike from the Cultus Creek Campground trailhead.


Lemei Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.0184, -121.7748 Open map in new window


South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

Lemei Lake (#179)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails Indian Heaven No 365S

Getting There

From Trout Lake, drive west on Highway 141. At the forest boundary Highway 141 becomes Forest Road 24. Continue west on Forest Road 24 past Peterson Prairie Campground to the intersection with Forest Road 60. At the intersection turn right to stay on Forest Road 24 and continue north past Little Goose Campground to Cultus Creek Campground, at approximately 9 miles past the intersection with Forest Road 60.

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