N46.3087    W121.5666    Elevation 4,150ft

This year we're heading to Horseshoe Lake Campground just outside of the Mt Adams Wilderness. It is remote. It is beautiful. It is squirrel heaven.



We'll be setting up camp right on Horseshoe Lake. The lake is perfect for small watercraft, swimming and fishing. Our savages will go nuts over the ground squirrels that own the campground—consider bringing extra trail mix.


Horseshoe is around 3h 46m from Seattle and 3h 01m from Portland. 

Map it from Seattle

Map it from Portland

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Horseshoe Lake is one of the most scenic—and remote—places that we take the Brink. It definitely falls outside of cell service, so be prepared to go old school. Here are some tips:

  • Make sure to plan and coordinate before you leave. Assume you won’t have the ability to send or receive phone calls or texts.
  • Download the Horseshoe Lake area onto Google Maps on your phone and your phone GPS will still work. Learn how here.
  • Print or buy a good map.
  • Make a list of important destinations, like gas stations, before you leave.
  • Come prepared with a spare tire, jack and fix-a-flat. If you get a flat tire, calling for help might not be an option.