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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
6.10 mi (9.82 km)
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Bird Creek Meadows is a wildflower-filled subalpine slope on the southeast base of Mount Adams in the Yakima Nation Reservation (Tract D) Area. Mount Adams is the second tallest peak in Washington and is considered an active volcano. Hikers will enjoy a relaxed climb with numerous trail options that pass by stunning vistas, glacial streams, waterfalls and lakes. Backpackers will also find a great variety of backcounty camping opportunities along the various trails. If you are hiking in late August or early September, you’ll likely find yourself surrounded by meadows teeming with a diverse variety of wildflowers.

From Bird Lake you’ll have the option to begin at either the Bird Lake Trail or the Bluff Lake Trail. If you start on the Bird Lake Trail, you’ll have the opportunity to view Crooked Creek Falls. You can then finish the hike on the Bluff Lake Trail, passing Staircase Falls and Bluff Lake along the way. Both trails meet up with the Around the Mountain Trail that provides access to Hellroaring Viewpoint, Trail of the Flowers loop, the Bird Creek picnic area, and Bird Creek Meadows, all of which are in the same vicinity. Hellroaring Viewpoint provides an excellent picnic opportunity with a breathtaking glimpse of Mount Adams, Hellroaring Canyon and the Mazama Glacier. At the trailhead, Bird Lake Campground offers 21 campsites complete with running water, fire pits and picnic tables, many of which are located near the lake's shore.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Yakama Nation Recreation Pass

Pros

Summer wildflowers. Stunning vistas. Waterfalls and lakes.

Cons

Rough road to the trailheads. Damaged trail signage.

Trailhead Elevation

5,600.00 ft (1,706.88 m)

Net Elevation Gain

920.00 ft (280.42 m)

Address

Bird Lake Trail
Trout Lake, WA 98650
United States

Features

Backcountry camping
Waterfalls
Big vistas
Old-growth forest
Wildflowers

Suitable for

Horseback

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Mt. Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness/Goat Rocks, Washington
Mt. Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness/Goat Rocks, Washington
Mt. Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness/Goat Rocks, Washington

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Mt. Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness/Goat Rocks, Washington
Mt. Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness/Goat Rocks, Washington
Washington, Mt. Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness/Goat Rocks

Comments

08.01.17
Spoke to Rangers and Yakama reps today: This campground and area will not be open for the 2017 season. They may open for a weekend this September but that is still being decided
08.20.16
According to the ranger I spoke with today, Bird Creek Meadows is closed for 2016 except for one day: 9/3/2016. This is due to the fire that damaged the area in 2015.
07.12.14
What a great hike! This was our first time on Adams and we loved it. Real calm hike up to Hellroaring viewpoint.
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