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There’s not much to the Sleeping Beauty trail, northwest of Trout Lake, Washington. The site of an old fire lookout, the trail begins off a gravel back road amid second-growth forest. Immediately, you start climbing a moderate slope with few switchbacks for a total of 1,400′ in a quick 1.25 miles. Along the way, the forest transitions to old-growth fir and hemlock, with a medley of wildflowers sprinkled along the trail’s edge, including wild strawberry and monkeyflower.
Until you near the top, views are scarce, but on a summer day, you’ll appreciate the shady forest. Once you near the top, and can make out the rocky outcropping of Sleeping Beauty’s summit, the scene begins to open up with Mt. Adams’ snowy peak straight ahead. At the base of the summit rock, climb a series of tight, rocky switchbacks up the wall to a saddle between the summit points. Here, cast your gaze southward over Mt. Hood and Oregon’s eastern desert, eastward over Mt. Adams and the Goat Rocks, and Mt. St. Helens to the northwest. Return via the same route.
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Sleeping Beauty trailhead. Gain 1,200′ in a little over a mile to the site of an old fire lookout.
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Sleeping Beauty summit. Enjoy birds-eye views over Mt. Adams and Washington’s southern cascades.
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The Sleeping Beauty trail starts on FR040, 11 miles from Trout Lake.
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Much of the Sleeping Beauty trail is up a forested slope, dotted with wildflowers.
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Views are scarce along the Sleeping Beauty trail until you are almost at the top.
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From the top of Sleeping Beauty, Mt. Adams looms straight ahead.
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The view southward from the summit of Sleeping Beauty takes in Mt. Hood and some of Oregon’s eastern desert.