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Steamboat Mountain

South Cascades

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South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area
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1.4 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 625 ft.


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  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Good for kids

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If you’re looking for a short hike with 360-degree views of the giants of the South Cascades, this is the trail for you. Go in late summer and you can feast on huckleberries along the way.

The trail starts out climbing in timbers, delivering you to the backside of Steamboat Mountain, where you head up through thick trail-side huckleberry bushes. Big Mosquito and Little Mosquito Lakes show up to the west.

Behind you, Mount Hood pops up through the trees and you gain the ridge line in no time. Seasonal wildflowers such as glacier lilies, paintbrush and columbine paint a colorful picture at your feet while views of Mount Rainier tease through the trees to north. When you reach the top of the peak, behold the sights! The footings of the old fire tower are still in place, like a ghost of history. Once you’ve enjoyed the spectacular views and counted all the volcanos, head back the way you came.

Hike Description Written by
Tami Asars, WTA Correspondents

Steamboat Mountain

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Co-ordinates: 46.1350, -121.7275 Open in Google Maps


South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

Steamboat Mountain (#14)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails Mount Adams West No. 366

Getting There

From Trout Lake, head west on Hwy 141 to FR 88. Turn right and proceed 12.4 miles to Tire Junction and turn left onto FR 24. 3.2 miles further, arrive at a three way junction with FR 8851 and FR 021. Make a hard right to an unmarked dirt road (FR 021), and in less than a mile, stay left at the road’s fork with a spur road. Find the trailhead in a large quarry, located 2.3 miles from three way junction. No pass required.

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