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  • Writer's pictureTina McLain

Frog Lake

Updated: 3 days ago

A mostly dry lake, hidden in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Lake Name: Frog Lake

Lake Coordinates: 46.0951, -121.7767

Lake Elevation: 4058'

Access: Unmarked dirt road

Route Type: In and out

Route: Unmarked dirt road from FS 30 and small walk off the dirt road to lake's edge

Distance: 0.34 miles (rt)

Elevation Range: 4049' to 4075'

Ascent/Descent: +35 ft / -27 ft

Permits/Fees: None

Note: The lake is mostly dry; it's seasonal. On the Forest Service map it showed there was a road, FS 744 to the west of the lake. There was no road to the west, but there was a narrow dirt road to the east of the lake that lead to the lake.

Location: Near FS 30 in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington, U.S.A.

Administration: Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Ranger District: Mount Adams Ranger District

Date Accessed: August 20, 2023

There was no "hiking trail" to this lake. It appeared as though there might be a forest service road that might be an access point, but it didn't seem to exist where the map said it was. We saw a narrow dirt road to the east of the lake that we decided to try and see if it led to it. We parked along the edge of FS 30 and walked the dirt road instead of driving it. It was easy to follow. There were tons of small frogs all across the road, so we were hopeful there was a lake nearby. We followed the road to the point we could see the "lake," then cut off through the underbrush to get close to the edge. It was mostly dry, so I'm guessing this is a seasonal lake. I'd be curious to see if it has more water earlier in the summer or not. Even though this lake didn't have much water, the meadow it left behind was stunning with meadow like grass in bright greens, yellows, and oranges. We could had driven the road, it was in decent enough shape. It looked like there were some areas one could disperse camp. The mosquitos were rather prevalent and I ran half of the way back to the truck because of them.


I couldn't find any resources or trip reports about this lake online. It is named on the Forest Service map.

How to get there (from Trout Lake, WA)



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