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Summit Springs

South Cascades

Location

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

Length

5.6 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1738 ft.
Highest Point: 3219 ft.

Rating

3.00 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

A hiker and biker trail that is moderate in difficulty but easy to get to and lightly used. The trail starts from Forest Road 41, and is 0.9 miles from the Sunset Campground bridge.  

Check the coordinates as the trail is not marked, no trailhead sign posted, and the path just drops away from the road making it easy to pass by. Parking for two cars is available near the FR 41 road switchback 0.2 miles uphill. Bikers tend to ride up from the Campground.  

Stepping on the trail you immediately descend 0.2 miles to cross Snass Creek, then begin a gentle but steady uphill trail to a low ridge 2.3 miles away. Throughout the forest is mixed conifer with silver fir in the lower half and Douglas-Fir upland.  Banked turns and jumps are in place by mountain bike enthusiasts.  

 

Summit Springs

Map & Directions

Trailhead

South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

Summit Springs (#173)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

National Geographic Columbia River Gorge #821 (circa 2009)

USGS Gumboot Mountain Quadrangle (revised 2000)

Gifford Pinchot Topographical Maps

Buy the Green Trails Lookout Mountain No. 396 map

Getting There

From Vancouver, take Highway 503 north to Battle Ground. Continue north on 503 to Lucia Falls Road. At Moulton Falls turn south on Sunset Falls Road.

Go 7.3 miles to Sunset Campground.  Turn into the campground and cross the East Fork Lewis River. The trail is 0.9 miles by odometer from the bridge. The trail sign is no longer present.  

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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