Top Adventures in Cougar

  • Kayak at Yale Lake

    Just 55 miles northeast of Portland lies a body of water so pure you have to see it to believe it...that's right, we're talking about Yale Lake. One of three lakes beneath Washington's ever rumbling Mount St Helens, Yale offers the outdoor lover ...

  • Explore the Ape Caves

    As if erupting volcanoes weren't awesome enough, ancient lava flows also left behind these giant, hollow tubes as they cooled. Spend all day exploring deep underground in this 2.5 mile cave.To get there, head to the SOUTH side of Mount Saint Helen...

  • Summit Mount St. Helens via Worm Flows

    The Worm Flow Route, starting at Marble Mountain Sno Park, is the most direct winter route up to the summit. You'll start at around 2,700 feet and begin a steady walk along the trail for 2 miles. Although the trail is fairly well marked well above...

    10.8 miles 5700 ft gain

  • Hike/Snowshoe to June Lake, WA

    In the winter you will need to start at Marble Mt. Snowpark and purchase a snow park permit. The hike starts here on the eastern side. Follow the Pine Ski Trail for about 1 mile along NF-83 Road. Then follow the June lake Trailhead up to June lake...

    5.25 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Summit Mount St. Helens via Monitor Ridge

    Monitor Ridge is the "easiest" of the routes one can take in order to claim that they have stood on top the sleeping giant better known as Mount St. Helens. This route is heavily favored over Worm Flows as the starting elevation is not only an ad...

    9.4 miles 4585 ft gain

  • Photograph Rock Creek Falls

    There is a large paved pull out on the side of the road right before the bridge making it easy for parking. The fenced area at the pull out is where you can view the falls from afar. The waterfall itself is nestled into the forest and is a little ...

  • Backpack around Mount Saint Helens via the Loowit trail

    This is a very difficult hike. Camp sites are scarce and access to water is very limited. Overexposure is a concern so be sure to pack a hat and apply sunscreen frequently. There are sketchy sections of the trail where you will be forced to naviga...

    31.7 miles 6000 ft gain

  • Backpack the Siouxon Trail

    When you park at the top of the trail, all you see is layers and layers of emerald trees and ground clear of any underbrush.Once on the trail, you start on a rapid decline that brings you to the first of the many streams along this hike. Cross the...

    12 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike to Ape Canyon

    Not to be confused with the ever so popular Ape Caves, the Ape Canyon is a moderately challenging hike that remains above ground, climbing a total of 1650 feet in elevation parallel to the Muddy River.  Although originally designed as a hiking tra...

    9.6 miles 1650 ft gain

  • Hike the Lava Canyon

    Starting at the Lava Canyon Trailhead, you will walk on a paved trail down a few switchbacks until you reach the river, where you can go right or left. Either way takes you to the suspension bridge, but I recommend going right if you are following...

    6.5 miles

  • Fly Fish Lewis River, Cougar, WA

    An 1.5 hour drive NE from Vancouver, WA this section of the Lewis River makes for a perfect day fishing trip.  Heading North on I-5 for approximately 20 miles take the Woodland / HWY 503 exit East and head towards Mt St. Helens.  You'll follow the...

  • Explore the Cedar Grist Mill

    After parking in the lot near the mill, walk across the bridge. This is the first good viewpoint for photography. Next, I recommend walking under the bridge, this is my favorite spot for taking photos. The whole area is free to walk around, you ca...

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Amboy, Washington

      Lis Bon Acres Rn R

      Come for relaxation and respite at our hobby farm nestled in the foothills of Amboy, only an hour drive from Portland. Access to boating, kayaking, or swimming at Lake Merwin is 15 minutes away. A ...

      From $125/night

    • Yacolt, Washington

      Sunset Camp

      Overview Sunset Campground is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Visitors enjoy scenic views of the river and a waterfall within the campground. The campground is open all year. Recrea...

    • Carson, Washington

      Govt Mineral Springs Guard Sta

      Overview Nestled in a grove of towering old-growth conifer trees, the Government Mineral Springs Guard Station is a delightful setting for guests seeking relaxation and recreation in the Gifford Pi...

    • Carson, Washington

      Paradise Creek Campground

      Overview Paradise Creek sits at the confluence of Paradise Creek and the Wind River, nestled under an old-growth forest of cedars, firs, alder and maples. The sites by the river enjoy privacy from...

    • Skamania County, Washington

      Lower Falls Campground

      Overview Lower Falls Campground is located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Visitors enjoy several waterfalls in the area and access to the Lewis River Trail. The campground is open from May...

    • Carson, Washington

      Beaver Campground

      Overview Beaver Campground is nestled among large, old maple and sycamore trees, offering a quiet and private family camping experience. Its location along the Wind River provides opportunities for...

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