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  • Writer's pictureTina McLain

Forlorn Lakes

Updated: Jun 18

A group of lakes near Indian Heaven Wilderness with many camping opportunities.



Forlorn Lakes is a serene, group of lakes near Trout Lake, WA. There are campsites along certain lakes and most lakes are accessible via the campsites. A few require bushwhacking to access. There are warnings posted in the campgrounds to secure your food properly due to black bears in the area.


Permits/Fees: Most of the access to the lakes is through campsites which there is a fee for camping in. Haven't been able to determine if there is a "day use" area or fees.

Location: Near the southeast side Indian Heaven Wilderness in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington, U.S.A.

Administration: Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Ranger District: Mount Adams Ranger District


Note: The lake grouping is named Forlorn Lakes, each lake doesn't have an individual name. I denote them by their coordinates and listing them 1-8 based off of the order I bagged them in.


All the pictures from 8-20-23 are hazy due to wildfire smoke.

Lake

Coordinates

Elevation

Access

Forlorn 1

45.95950, -121.75624

3712'

​Drive up

Forlorn 2

45.96350, -121.75813

3709'

​Drive up

Forlorn 3

45.95545, -121.75529

3718'

​Drive up

Forlorn 4

45.95542, -121.75899

3686'

​Drive up

Forlorn 5

45.96338, -121.74839

3699'

​Drive up

Forlorn 6

45.96314, -121.75418

3707'

​Bushwhack

Forlorn 7

45.95628, -121.75156

3707'

​Bushwhack

Forlorn 8

45.95422, -121.75233

3710'

​Bushwhack


Forlorn 1


Lake Name: Forlorn Lakes (45.95950, -121.75624)

Lake Coordinates: 45.95950, -121.75624

Lake Elevation: 3712'

Lake Access: Drive up

Notes: Easy access through campsites

Date Accessed: 6-8-21


My cousin and I were out exploring some lakes in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. After we'd gone to Goose Lake we decided to try going to Forlorn Lakes. We tried taking FS 6040 from the FS 60 end. The road was labeled as "not maintained." It was narrow, bumpy, but passable until we came up to a large, full on creek washout across the road. (As of 2023 that end of FS 6040 is closed due to that washout). So we turned around, went back to FS 60 and took FS 6035 to reach the other end of FS 6040 to access the lakes.


We drove down the road and stopped at a campsite next to one of the Forlorn Lakes. We got out and walked to the lake's edge. There were unripe huckleberry's on the bushes surrounding the lakes edge. It was cold out and there were small snow patches along the edge of the road. We only stopped at this lake and didn't explore any of the others.

Forlorn 2

Forlorn 3

Forlorn 4

Forlorn 5

Forlorn 6

Forlorn 7

Forlorn 8



How to get there (from Trout Lake, WA)


Map


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