Hike 79
The Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Bird Creek Meadows Hike
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Map of the Bird Creek Meadows, Mt Adams Hike

Length: 6.5 Mile All Loops
Elevation Change: 1000' Elevation gain
Season: Mid-Summer thru Fall
Difficulty:   Moderate
Permit:   Yakima Nation Pass Required - Available at Trail head

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The hiking options in and around Bird Creek Meadows offer some of the best summer floral displays in the southern Cascade Range. The trails illustrated on this map include the best of the best.

One can do any variation of the trail loops presented, and not be disappointed. Plan plenty of time and take lots of pictures to enjoy on the long winter nights as you reflect on your adventure to Bird Creek Meadows.

Mountain Goats grazing in Bird Creek Meadows in the Mt Adams Wilderness
Mountain Goats grazing in Bird Creek Meadows
How to get there:

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From Portland, OR
From Portland, travel east on Interstate Hwy 84 to Exit 64 at Hood River. Turn left, and pass under the freeway and cross the toll bridge ($2.00) into Washington state. Turn left onto SR14 and drive approximately 1.5 miles to state road 141 Alt. Turn right onto SR141 Alt. and follow it another 2 miles and merge bearing left onto SR141. Then travel north on SR141 for another 19 miles to Trout Lake and the junction to Mt. Adams Road, which heads north to other hike destinations.

from Trout Lake, WA
Bear right and forward onto Mt. Adams Road for about 1.3 miles and you come to the junction with Forest Road 23. Bear right and continue on Mt. Adams Road, which is also Forest Road 82, for another half mile or so, and when you come to Forest Road 80, bear again to the right and stay on FR82. To reach the Bird Creek Meadows area, just stay on FR82 for another 8.3 miles past FR80. At this point, FR82 turns into the Bureau of Indian Affairs Road 285 as well as FR8290.

Continue on BIA285 for another 4.2 miles and you will come to Mirror Lake and the junction of BIA304 which takes you to Bird Lake. For the trailhead to Bird Creek Meadows, just continue another mile and the parking area with trailhead will be on your left.

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