Best Cold Springs Trail / Gotchen Creek Trail Horseback Riding

The 23rd most popular equestrian trail in Washington.

  Gifford Pinchot, Washington, US


  July 12, 2016

Near Trout Lake, the Cold Springs Trail / Gotchen Creek Trail horseback riding route combines four miles north up FS8040 on the south slopes of Mt. Adams, 3.7 miles south down the Cold Springs Trail and 2 miles west along the Gotchen Creek Trail back to the road. It descends from the tree-line through lava flows, some old growth ponderosa and wild flowers. Park just north of the junction of FS8040 and Trail #40.

Overall, Cold Springs Trail / Gotchen Creek Trail is the 23rd most popular horse trail of all 31 horseback rides in Washington. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Cold Springs Trail / Gotchen Creek Trail including Goat Rocks Wilderness, Blue Lake Ridge Trail, Valley Trail, Siouxon Trail, Buck Creek and Monte Carlo / Monte Cristo Loop Trail.

Local Contacts:  GPNF (360) 891-5000; WA Tourism (800) 544-1800.

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Shelter on FS8040

Luxury Loding:  Trout Lake Country Inn

Breakfast Restaurant:  Bonnie's Cafe in Trout Lake

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  46.002, -121.554

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  7/12/2016

ID:  15395

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