Length: 9 Miles round trip
Elevation Change: 1300' Elevation gain / 200' loss
Season: Summer thru Fall
Permit: NW Forest Pass Required
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There are a number of ways to climb Cispus Point.
This hike begins on Forest Road #5508.024. The trail
actually follows the old Indian Trail called the
Klickitat Trail. Even though the trail begins
climbing immediately, it is never very steep.
After a brief climb, the trail descends to a saddle
before beginning to climb again. When you reach the
saddle, you leave the dense forested area and enter an
open area with spectacular views of Mt St Helens
and Mt Adams. Floral displays are wonderful along
You then climb steeply back into a dense forested
area and remain there for nearly 2 miles. There
are times when you can see out and get excellent
views of the valleys below and the mountains in
At about 2.5 miles you come to the junction of
Trail #128. Continue on another mile to the junction
of the Cispus Lookout Trail #127. Take this
trail to the top of Cispus Point.
The trail briefly goes through a dense forest,
then breaks out into a beautiful meadow, replete
with wildflowers and more vistas than the eye can
behold. And you aren't even on top of the mountain
Soon the trail begins its steep switchbacked ascent
of the mountain. The views from the top of Cispus
Peak are as good as they get. Of course, the
surrounding mountains help. You get an unparalleled
view of Mt Rainier, Mt Adams, and Mt St Helens.
The wildflowers are the icing on this cake!
Mt Adams as seen from Cispus Point
How to get there:
From I-5 junction with US Hwy 12
Travel east on US Hwy 12 for about 48 miles to Randle.
From Randle, travel south on State Road 131, crossing the Cowlitz River and in a mile
you will come to Cispus Road on your left. Bear left and follow Cispus Road, which become
Forest Road 23, for another 5.2 miles and you will come to Forest Road 55 on your left.
Turn left onto FR55 and follow it uphill through a number of switchbacks and junctions
for 7.5 miles. At that point you will come to the junction with Forest Road 5508.
Bear left onto FR5508 and follow it for 1.3 miles, and you will come to Forest Road 024.
Bear right onto FR024 and follow it 1.2 miles to the end where you will find the trailhead
for this hike.