Trout Lake, Washington (Skamania County)

Last Updated: 02/02/2020
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Typically Open: 04/02 - 11/30
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 5 miles
Highest Elevation: 3748 feet
Duration: About 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Trout Lake
Nearest Town w/ Services: Trout Lake
Official Road Name: 8821
Management Agency: Gifford Pinchot National Forest
District: Mount Adams Ranger District


Highlight: NF-8821
After departing from NF-024 Connector, you can continue on with NF-8821. It’s a little over 5 miles, so it’ll be longer than most of the recent trails. Early on in the trail, the path is still sandy, but it begins to transition to dirt and gravel once more, with some potholes present too. Waypoint 3 brings you to Trail 35, which is open to hikers, bikers, equestrian riders, and OHV use. It follows a 1 mile decommissioned road until entering Deadhorse Meadow and continues to Smoky and Little Goose Creek before ending on Trail 26. This hiking trail and many others in the region were developed in the late 1800s by sheepherders and followed existing Native American trails. They traveled from eastern Oregon to graze their sheep on these summer ranges. Once you reach the end of this trail, you’ll to turn right onto NF-88; a paved road that will take you to the start of the next trail, NF-8810, or continue further on to the town of Trout Lake, for fuel and supplies. This trail is part of the Washington Cascade Overland Route. Visit Overlanding Across Washington for more information, including which trails to take next.


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Trailhead of NF-8821.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Trout Lake, Washington

Head northwest on WA-141 N toward Jennings Rd for 5.8 miles. Continue onto Carson Guler Rd/NF-24 for 2.0 miles. Turn right onto NF-24/Twin Buttes Rd for 3.6 miles.



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Jasmine & Jon Hughes

Mapping Crew - Washington

Centered in the pinnacle of the Pacific NW and growing up cruising around the small town of Quilcene, Jasmine grew with a fascination and passion for outdoors and travel, many of those adventures fueled by the family's 1998 Jeep Cherokee. Years later, photography grew as a way to capture and share the adventures being had. After a road trip from Seattle to San Diego in a 1996 Jetta, a 4WD truck would be the next step in going further in photographing the wild places of the West. In December of 2016, a manual 1989 Toyota Pickup was purchased and those dreams would continue to flourish. Jon grew up in a small Wisconsin town. In 2004, his parents decided to purchase a new Jeep LJ. They picked the LJ because of the additional room, as it would be used for a road trip to Florida. After joining the navy, the family Jeep followed Jon down to Georgia and became his own. It took him to Virginia, and then Washington. It wasn't until Washington that things started to happen for Jon and his Jeep. Jasmine, now his wife, got him more interested in hiking, and ultimately overlanding. Over time, Jon and Jasmine realized that they wanted to use the Jeep to tackle harder trails, and spend weekends in ORV parks. It was through this decision that the mostly stock Jeep received a refreshing upgrade after 15 years of driving. Jon usually drives the Jeep when the trail is in question, and to allow Jasmine to document the trails. Currently, Jon has been in 26 states with the Jeep, via family trips and his time in the navy. Jon hopes to travel to every state with his Jeep, including Alaska and Hawaii.
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