- Registration: Opening in January.
- Date: Arrive Thursday, July 15, depart Sunday, July 18.
- Sites: 14.
- Cost: $139.
With jaw-dropping views of Mt. Adams, and plenty of outdoor adventures on its doorstep, the community of Trout Lake in Washington is a great getaway in the Gorge. First things first: Trout Lake is actually not a lake; rather, the tiny town is the gateway to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest which has fantastic hiking trails, ice caves, soaring peaks and waterfalls. Head out on a scenic drive to enjoy the lush green valley, tackle rapids on a whitewater rafting trip, or even a Buddhist temple. You can hike to Langfield Falls.
The trailhead for Langfield Falls starts about 25 minutes northwest of Trout Lake, and it’s an easy five-minute walk down a well-marked dirt trail to reach the falls which makes this a great option for families. The waterfall is nearly 60 feet high and can be observed from above as well as below, where they rush out and pool about 75 feet wide. Beat the summer heat by heading down into one of the Trout Lake ice caves found in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest but beware- they are steep and a little scary!
There is also an Alpaca farm very close by with a wool shop and tour available. Many folks like to go to Hood River for a day trip and hit the Saturday market, golf, or eat at great restaurants in town.
To top off your day, you could try the famous huckleberry milk shake at Andy’s Valley Service found along Highway 141. We’ve heard it’s delish!
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