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Rim Trail

South Cascades > Mount Adams Area
45.8813, -121.9865 Map & Directions
0.9 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
100 feet
Highest Point
3,620 feet
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On the Primitive Class Trails logs are left in place. R. Ojerio
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This primitive trail can be difficult to follow as it wanders across a broad forested bench in the heart of the Trapper Creek Wilderness. Continue reading

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Hiking Rim Trail

This primitive trail provides a real wilderness experience that may test your route finding skills. It serves as a connector between the Sunshine Trail (#198) and the Trapper Creek Trail (#192). Part of a network of very low maintenance trails, the Rim Trail is so named because it skirts the edge of a broad forested bench at about 3,500 ft. Most of the route is through a mixed forest of evergreens and the occasional alder patch. But at one spot, a rocky outcrop gives a view across the Trapper Creek drainage.

Just east of the rocky view point, an ephemeral creek could provide a water source for anyone interested in camping near the rim viewpoint.

Rim Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 45.8813, -121.9865 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

The Rim Trail can be reached several different ways. The Trapper Crk Trailhead, described here, is the nearest to Vancouver. From the Trapper Creek Trailhead, hike 6.1 miles and 2,340' to reach the jct with the Rim Trail.

From Vancouver, drive east on State Route 14 (along the Columbia River) a couple of miles beyond the town of Stevenson to a blinking light intersection signed “Carson” Take a left and follow this road (Wind River Highway 30) 15 miles north, and just beyond the Carson National Fish Hatchery keep left and cross the Wind River. Take the first right after crossing the bridge, onto Forest Service Road 5401. The Trapper Creek Trailhead is 0.4 miles further. (Driving time from Vancouver: approximately 1.5 hours.)

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South Cascades > Mount Adams Area

Rim Trail (#202)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Mt. Adams

Indian Heaven

& Trapper Creek Wilderness Areas

Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Green Trails #396

Lookout Mtn

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