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About Takhlakh Lake Campground

Takhlakh Lake Campground sits at an elevation of 4,400 feet in a well-shaded location next to its namesake lake. The campground sits at the base of Mt. Adams, providing visitors with incredible views in every direction. The campground has a short season, but it's a particularly popular destination for hikers exploring the trails around Mt. Adams.


The campsite offers access to the Takhlakh Loop, an accessible trail suitable for all ages and skill levels and the Takhlakh Meadow Trail.

The lake provides an ideal spot for anglers to cast for rainbow trout and for boaters looking to kayak or canoe. The lake is reserved for non-motorized use only.


The campground consists of 54 back-in sites with unpaved parking spurs that vary in length from 15 to 40 feet. Some sites are tent only.

No drinking water is provided at this campground, but other amenities include vault toilets, picnic tables and campfire rings.

Takhlakh Lake Campground offers accessible sites and activities and amenities that support current accessibility standards.

Natural Features

Takhlakh Lake is part of the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, which is located in the northernmost portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

This location offers breathtaking views of not only Mt. Adams, but also Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Saint Helens.

Nearby Attractions

Near the campground, hikers can access trailheads for the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail. This leads to the Highline Trail, which attracts experienced hikers and backpackers for its views of Mt. Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Oregon's Mt. Hood.

ADA Access: N

$18.00 - $30.00
National Forest
Drive In
Alcohol Allowed
Firewood Available
Picnic Table
Trash Available

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Takhlakh Lake Campground is located in Washington
46.2808 N
-121.5986 W
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From I-5: Take exit 68 and head east on US Highway 12 to Randle, Washington. Turn south onto State Highway 131 and travel 1 mile, stay left at the Y and continue southeast on Forest Road 23 for 30 miles to Forest Road 2329. Turn left onto Forest Road 2329 and follow it through the junction with Forest Road 5601. Proceed on Forest Road 2329 for 3/4-mile to the campground. The last 7 miles of Forest Road 23 are gravel surfaced.
11 Reviews of Takhlakh Lake Campground
First to Review
Pristine and Quiet Lakefront Campsite - but Bring your Bug spray!

While my husband trekked up Mt Adams, I sat and enjoyed this peaceful lake with beautiful scenery.

There is a tent only loop and an RV/Tent loop. We stayed in the tent only loop and were lucky to snag a spot on the lake side. (Sites 47 to 51). There were peek-a-boo views of the lake and the mountain from here, but no direct access to the lake. you have to go back on the path for that.

Note that most of these sites you park your car and haul your stuff to your site. There are some lakeside sites on the RV side, but I didn't stay over there. It seemed there were TONS of kids on that side though so if you want a little more quiet, I would go for the tent-only section.

The campground has a lake access, where you can bring a raft to float and enjoy the views.

The ONE issue with this site is the mosquitoes. There are LOTS so dousing yourself in DEET is a must to have a pleasant experience here.