Pacific Crest Trail: Crest Horse Camp to Walupt Lake

The PCT from Crest Horse Camp to Forest Road 24 Surprise Lakes Campground to the west side of Mount Adams to Walupt Lake. In Indian Heaven Wilderness and Mount Adams Wilderness.

getting there

From I-5 south take Exit 68, US-12 E toward Morton/Yakima. Travel 62 miles on US-12, turn right on Forest Road 21, and continue for 16 miles to Forest Rd 2160. Turn left and drive 4.5 miles to Walupt Lake campground.

NOTE: You cannot get to Walupt Lake on Forest Road 23. It washed out in fall 2015.

on the trail

Suggested Itinerary

one-way, two-day itinerary with 23.2 PCT miles
  • Day 1: Potato Hill Road Forest Road 5603 to Riley Camp, 12.56 miles (11.76 PCT miles), 1,880 feet of elevation gain, and  895 feet of elevation loss.
    Day 2: Riley Camp to Forest Road 23, 10.42 PCT miles, 582 feet of elevation gain, and 2,476 feet of elevation loss.

PCT Miles

  • 66.73 miles
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous, Strenuous
  • Elevation Gain: 9,204 ft
  • 6,200 ft
  • Green Trails Wind River No. 397
  • Green Trails Lone Butte No. 365
  • Green Trails Blue Lake No. 334
  • Green Trails Mount Adams No. 367S
  • Green Trails Walupt Lake No. 335
  • Green Trails Mt Adams West No. 366
  • Trails Illustrated Mt Saint. Helens/Mount Adams
  • Green Trails Indian Heaven Wilderness No. 365S

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