Nestled in the wooded foothills on the south side of Mt. Adams lies a tranquil town of only 600 residents. Known for its incredible natural position in Southern Washington and an action-packed calendar of annual community events, Trout Lake manages to be a friendly haven for both rest and recreation. Whether you're planning to hike, to climb, to unwind, or to raft on whitewater rapids, you'll never be far from the wonders of nature at our peaceful Trout Lake vacation homes.
With the volcanic slopes of Mt. Adams to the north, the majestic Columbia River Gorge to the south, and the 1.4-million-acre expanse of Gifford Pinchot National Forest to the west, the town of Trout Lake is fully immersed in Washington's great outdoors. From the center of town on the banks of the White Salmon River, you'll be just 16 miles south of Mt. Adams Recreation Area, 25 miles north of Hood River, and 87 miles northeast of eclectic downtown Portland.
No matter if you're an avid cyclist or a lover of local crafts, the best place to begin your visit to Trout Lake is on the pages of the community calendar. With events that include the weekly Saturday Market each summer, the Trout Lake Festival of the Arts each July, and the charming Trout Lake Oktoberfest for Scholars each fall, the town is alive with community spirit.
Register for the annual Mt. Adams Country Bicycle Tour in June and choose from an 11.5-mile family ride, 51- or 54-mile loops, or a 105-mile Infinity Ride on the slopes of Mt. Adams. Come August, you can celebrate more than 50 years of the Trout Lake Festival with games, a timber carnival, raffles, contests, and bungee runs.
Hikers will find miles upon miles of trails among woodlands, waterfalls, river valleys, and volcanic landscapes in Gifford Pinchot National Forest to the west. A junction of the renowned Pacific Crest Trail sits just 13 miles north of town, offering a secluded option for distance trekkers. And the navigable White Salmon River is ideal for whitewater rafting enthusiasts, whether you launch your own raft or kayak in BZ Corner or join a guided excursion with River Drifters, Wet Planet Whitewater, or Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys.
Hop in the car for just a few minutes more and you'll discover a wealth of day trips within striking distance of our Trout Lake vacation rentals.
Serious climbers and trekkers will be 60 miles east of the Climbers Bivouac Trailhead, a strenuous and craggy trail that ascends the summit of Mt. St. Helens. Just 25 miles south of Trout Lake is the riverfront town of Hood River, a mecca for windsurfing, cycling, fruit-picking, and beer-tasting on the banks of the Columbia River. Another 25 miles to the south will bring you to the shores of Lost Lake, where you'll find canoe and kayak rentals and incomparable views of Mt. Hood.
Head west from Hood River to drive beneath the imposing bluffs of the Columbia River Gorge. Take a short but scenic hike to the base of Wahclella Falls, test your endurance on the climb to Munra Point, or simply enjoy a leisurely drive to Multnomah and Latourell Falls on the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Our Trout Lake vacation homes will give you the outdoor adventure or respite you've been searching for - book your Washington getaway today!
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