Council Bluff Trail

EASY 3 reviews

Council Bluff Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Toppenish, Washington that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles
1,338 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips



2 months ago

What a wonderful hike! We parked by Council Lake and caught the Boundary Trailhead up to Council Bluff (per the directions from WTA). Not too steep, not too long - a great add on after visit Takhlakh Lake and walking the loop around there. Our dog loved the hike, though there is no water along the trail, and a rocky exposed section near the top. She enjoyed cooling off in Council Lake afterward (though we drank plenty of water throughout). Stunning views at a few points on the way up, and spectacular view at the top. We saw Mount Hood clearly, a bit of Mount Rainier, amidst some clouds, and caught a glimpse of Mount St Helens. Adams was the star of the show of course. I highly recommend this hike!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Council Lake is a great place to camp if you're looking for something a little more primitive and less crowded. The hike up to the bluff is all uphill but not too long, and SO worth it! In fact, it's one of my favorite spots in the entire Northwest. You have an in-your-face view of Mt Adams with the lake in the foreground and a distant view of all the other NW volcanos. Not to be missed!

Friday, August 11, 2017