Hike 24
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Badger Peak Hike
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Map of the Badger Peak, Badger Lake Hike

Length: 3 Miles round trip
Elevation Change: 1164' Elevation gain / 400' loss
Season: Mid-Summer thru Fall
Difficulty:   Challenging
Permit:   NW Forest Pass Required


Features:

There are couple of ways to climb Badger Peak. For this narrative I drove to the end of Forest Road #2816. The trail immediately descends a couple hundred feet in elevation before it climbs steeply to the first ridge.

In season the wildflowers are abundant and make this a delightful little hike. When you reach the crest of Badger Ridge there are great vistas especially if you walk just a bit off trail to the west where there is a rocky outcropping.

The trail now descends again a couple hundred feet in elevation. At that point it meets Trail #257A which takes you to the top of Badger Peak. The trail is steep but well maintained. Watch for snow as late as mid-July.

The trail curves around the southwest face of the peak and approaches from the southeast side of the mountain. There used to be a fire lookout on top and some of it is still there.

The reason for taking this hike becomes very clear as you gaze at all the surrounding peaks; Mt Rainier to the north, Mt Adams to the east, Mt Hood to the south, and of course Mt St Helens to the southwest.



Mt Adams as seen from Badger Peak
Mt Adams as seen from Badger Peak
How to get there:

From Randle, WA
If you are coming from the north via Randle, Washington, you will want to head south out of town on State Route 131. Continue south on this road, which will become Forest Road 25 for the remainder of the journey. In just short of 20 miles you will come to the junction of Forest Road 99, which leads to hikes along Windy Ridge and the east side of Spirit Lake.

But for this hike, just continue south on FR25 for about 2 more miles and turn left, or east, onto Forest Road 28. Follow FR28 for about 2.7 miles and then bear right onto Forest Road 2816. You will then follow FR2816 another 4.4 miles to the trailhead for this hike.

From Woodland, WA
From Woodland follow SR 503 and the Lewis River Road for about 48 miles to the community of Cougar, WA. From Cougar, continue east on the Lewis River Road which will turn into Forest Road 90 after you enter the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. In about 18.5 miles you will come to the junction of Forest Road 25. Continue straight ahead on FR25.

Follow FR25 north then for about 23 miles, and you will then come to Forest Road 28 on your right. Follow FR28 for about 2.7 miles and then bear right onto Forest Road 2816. You will then follow FR2816 another 4.4 miles to the trailhead for this hike.

From Carson, WA
If however, you plan to approach this hike from the Columbia River Gorge area, then begin at Carson, Washington and head northwest on the Wind River Hwy. In 7.5 miles you will pass through the little community of Stabler, and in another 5.8 miles you will come to the junction of Forest Road 30. Turn right onto FR30 and follow this road for 13.2 miles north along the Wind River and then up a steep incline and onto a plateau where you will come to the junction of the Curly Creek Road. Turn left onto the Curly Creek Road and follow it downhill past an excellent view area for about 5.1 miles until you come to Forest Road 90. Turn left onto FR90 and follow it west for another 4.1 miles until you come to the junction of FR90 and FR25. Turn right onto FR25.

Follow FR25 north then for about 23 miles, and you will then come to Forest Road 28 on your right. Follow FR28 for about 2.7 miles and then bear right onto Forest Road 2816. You will then follow FR2816 another 4.4 miles to the trailhead for this hike.



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