Located on the north side of Mt. Adams, Keenes Horse Camp is not to be missed! The camp provides access to pretty forested loops, a 360-degree panorama from the summit of Green Mountain, and jaw-dropping mountain views in the Mt. Adams Wilderness.
Distance: 50+ miles of riding
Elevation: 4,350 feet
You can travel a short, fun loop to Horseshoe Lake.
Or you can enjoy a longer loop to Midway Meadows.
You can ride to the summit of Green Mountain, with its panoramic view that includes the tip of Mt. Rainier.
You can visit Lava Spring, where a steady stream of water gushes out of the base of an impressive lava flow.
Don’t miss the Killen Creek/Muddy Meadows Loop, which features close-up views of Mt. Adams as well as panoramic views of Mt. Rainier, the Goat Rocks, and other nearby mountains. Add in a waterfall and some pretty meadows, and you have the makings of a stunning ride!
Keenes Horse Camp (pronounced Key-nuss) was named after Keenes Meade, a Forest Service mule packer. It features 13 sites with highline posts, picnic tables, and fire rings. Sites 1-8 are pull-throughs that can accommodate larger rigs. The camp has toilets, manure bins, stock water from a trough, and an accessible mounting ramp. A fee is charged for overnight camping. Day-use parking is available.
You’ll find more information about Keenes Horse Camp and the surrounding trails in Riding SW Washington Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, available at www.nwhorsetrails.com.