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Ahtanum State Forest - Eagle's Nest

South Cascades


South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley
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0.1 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 17 ft.
Highest Point: 6183 ft.


2.00 out of 5


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Eagle's Nest is more of a viewpoint than a hike, but you can make it into a hike if you feel adventurous. There is a sign when you reach the turnoff for the viewpoint so it isn't hard to find. At the trailhead, there is a pit toilet. There is a signboard with no information on it at the beginning of the trail.

At the viewpoint, there is a rock wall that acts as a barrier from the steep drop-off. From here, enjoy a vista of the valley that houses the north fork of Ahtanum Creek and across to Foundation Ridge. There is a trail that follows the barrier in either direction. The rock barrier eventually turns into a wire chain barrier.

If you head west, the trail meanders along the barrier until the barrier ends. The trail peters out at the edge of a large talus field.

Heading east, the trail again follows the barrier until it ends. Then the trail largely disappears. Though there are signs of boot paths, please stay to the true trail, and avoid going off-trail. 


Ahtanum State Forest - Eagle's Nest

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.5110, -121.1756 Open map in new window


South Cascades -- White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

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Getting There

Drive Ahtanum Road from West Valley in Yakima to Tampico. Take the North Fork Road (right at the Tampico church and General Store). Continue for ten miles to the Ahtanum Meadows Campgrounds and Ranger Station. Travel left beyond the Ranger Station and snow park parking for approximately another ten miles. At Tree Phones Campground, turn right and follow the road until the snow prohibits you any further. Eagle's Nest Viewpoint is 2.5 miles from Tree Phones... and Clover Flats CG is another .5 mile or so beyond that.

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