Takhlakh Lake and Meadows Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.2 miElevation gain334 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyCampingFishingHikingBird watchingRunningForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugs
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This is a beautiful route around a gorgeous lake with great campsites. The lake is a great place to fish and makes for a fantastic trip for the whole family.

A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Mount Adams Ranger District 2455 Highway 141 Trout Lake, WA 98650 Tel: 509.395.3400

From Randle, drive south 1 mile on Highway 131 to Forest Service Road 23. Veer left on Forest Service Road 23 and drive 33 miles to Forest Service Road 2329. Turn left and drive 2 miles to the signed trailhead at road's end.

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Anthony Weissman
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Sheryl Helms
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Very pretty. Worth a hole up to the lava rocks.

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Peter Herreid
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Ewoks A. Lot
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Juliet Lina
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HikingGreat!

I hiked from the campground at Takhlakh Lake up to the top of the lava flow alongside the meadows, which offers amazing views of Adams, Rainier, and the Goat Rocks. I encountered a rattle snake coming back down the lava flow trail. Just a warning to stay aware and keep your ears perked because they love hot rocks like this.

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Robert Winchel
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Nice small day hike. The downloaded map is off on the portion west of the road. The actual trail is well established and marked. At the end of the trail (rocky area), continue just over the hill for a great view. You won't regret it.

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Jill Urie
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HikingBugsFee

A perfect little walk/hike for our little family. Our 8,6,4 year olds loved this. It was just gorgeous. The views of Mt. Adams were amazing.

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shrad panda
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CampingBugsOver grown

The night sky looks very beautiful. The road to the lake is very rough and bumpy, so better to go with big car. A lots of mosquitoes, it can eat you alive lol. But fun and relaxing trip with great views of lake.

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Alaina Buzas
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HikingBugs

Had such a great time on this hike. Might have helped that we had low expectations based on previous reviews. There were mosquitos but wearing a long sleeve shirt and leggings, I used bug spray about halfway through and was fine. The view of Mt Adams was amazing and the lava rocks were really cool. Labeled appropriately as easy, but there were lots of roots, and some mud. “Meadow” seemed a little misleading as most of this hike is in the forest. Great hike for my partner who hadn’t hiked since last summer. There is a vault toilet at the start of the hike, at the day use area for the campground. Most people had masks!

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Caitlin Sanders
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HikingBugsOver grown

I enjoyed this hike - I went on 7/10/20, and it was a bit overgrown in places, and lots of mosquitoes. But, overall a great little hike, especially around the lake and the lava outcrop. There was one portion where I lost the trail, but it was close to the road so I walked that and caught back up to the trail.

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Natasha Rodelo
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Holly Mowery
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Yea NO. First hike I've bailed on in years. Hiked 7/3/20. Bugs were atrocious; even my dog was over it. The little lollipop loop around the meadows isn't actually a trail and a scramble up to nowhere for absolutely nothing. Crowded but it was expected due to campground and holiday. If you're a mask preacher, this is not your area.

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Katie Bermingham
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There is heavy snow on the road about 2 miles to the trailhead. I’d recommend you park in the road and walk to it. It’s an easy walk, I had micro spikes with me but they weren’t totally necessary. This time of year the weather is beautiful and there’s no bugs. I was the only person at the lake on this perfect day.

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silas sleeper
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Went 5.24.20 and couldn’t make it b/c snow on road ~2 miles before trail head. I saw some raised jeeps make their way into the snow but if you don’t have a raised car it’s not accessible right now

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Rachel Mathews
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Definitely snow. We went early May. Great views, and worth going back.

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Jaimie Carr-Williams
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Super crowded by the parking area. The meadow loop is well worth the extra .5 miles.

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marnee lewis
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absolutely beautiful, however this lake is so overcrowded that you don't feel like you are in the woods. very limited day use parking and lots of loud people.

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Noella Gaston
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Absolutely beautiful!

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Joplyn Williams
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Camping

Took a few days to visit Mount Adams at Takhlakh Lake. The snow is semi melted so the roads are passable in any vehicle (we made it in a prius). Hardly saw any other people which was great. Took a 1.1 mile hike around the lake which is rated as great for families but half of the trail is covered in snow, some places a few inches amd others a few feet so it can be hard to find the trail at this time. We also did the offshoot trail of about the same distance up to Goat rocks to see views of Mount Rainier. Camp ground officially opens on the 22nd of June.

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Sierra Stone
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Fishing

My fiancé and I had our first camping trip here. We ended up having to change to barbless hooks because we would catch our limit of trout within an hour! So beautiful. The hike is pretty easy, a fun look you can take two times a day. Would recommend bug spray, or lots of citronella!

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Mark Stevens
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Go beyond what you think is the end of the trail and you will be rewarded with Takhlakh Meadows. A great easy hike from the lake, we took a 3 and 6 year old with us, but I carried the 3 year old over the Lava Flows.

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Lee Newbury
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Great hike and camping. Bring bug spray as the Mosquitos are thick most of the summer.

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Kyle Bisson
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This was an easy trail, so it's perfect to bring the kids along. Beautiful lake with camping and fishing. Boats without gas motors are allowed. When the lake is still, you can get a beautiful picture of Mt. Adams reflcting.

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Emma Hoyle
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