This trail is one of the most popular trails in Badger Creek Wilderness. It is usually best to hike during the period of June-September. This trail makes an excellent backpack route as there are more than a dozen campsites along the trail; also you come across many different forest types. From oak thickets to sub alpine fir meadows at Badger Lake. Visitors can try to catch small rainbow trout in Badger Creek, as it runs along the entire length of the trail. Large natural rock formations are along the lower section of this trail.
Trail is maintained yearly. The badger Creek trail travels from oak and pine woods at Bonney Crossing to Badger Creek Trailhead on a high saddle above Badger Lake. The route stays relatively close to Badger Creek, crossing numerous streams along the way.
This trail begins at Bonney Meadows Campground (5,300’) and ends at Road 4880. From Bonney Meadows Campground, head northwest on this trail and after 0.2 mile the trail reaches Hidden Meadows Trail #472. Continue descending north on this trail 0.2 mile where the trail turns and begins to head southeast. The trail levels out slightly for the next 0.7 mile before descending 0.5 to Boulder Lake. From Boulder Lake, continue southeast 0.3 mile to Little Boulder Trail #463A. Turn left (east) and continue 0.5 miles to Forest Road 4880 where trail ends. The trail may also be accessed from the 4880 Road east of Boulder Lake and continue on to Bonney Meadows from the lake. Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
This trail begins at Forest Road 4220 (Skyline Road) near Olallie Lake and ends at Red Lake Road (3,640’) (Forest Road 4600-380), near Red Lake. From Forest Road 4220 (5,000) the trail heads southwest climbing moderately and passes through the Rock Lakes Basin in the first 0.5 mile. After a further 0.1 mile, the trail meets the Timber Lake Trail #733 on the left. The trail continues heading southwest from the junction and reaches Top Lake in 0.3 mile. The trail turns north at the end of the lake and travels up a steep climb for 0.3 mile to a four way junction with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (5,280’). From the junction, the trail becomes rocky and rough and continues northwest 1.1 miles to the junction with Lodgepole Trail #706 (4,940’). Turn left (west) to stay on trail #719 and follow it for 0.3 mile, passing Fork Lake, to the junction with Potato Butte Trail #719A. For the next 2.3 miles, the trail travels through old growth forest and passes Sheep Lake, Wall Lake, Averill Lake and Red Lake and eventually reaches a powerline corridor. After crossing the corridor, the trail meets and follows a road for 250’ before intersection a second road (Forest Road 4600-076). The trail continues on the north side of Forest Road 4600-076 for 0.4 mile to its end at Red Lake Road (3,640’) (Forest Road 4600-380).
This trail is in the Mount Hood Wilderness on the east side of Mount Hood. The trail offers views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams and Mount Rainier.
This trail starts at its junction with Elk Meadows Trail #645/Gnarl Ridge Trail #652 (5,280’) and ends at Elk Meadows Trail #645 (3,680’). Follow the trail uphill (east) from Elk Meadows Trail #645/Gnarl Ridge Trail #652 towards Elk Mountain. After 0.8 mile the trail reaches the junction with Elk Mountain Vista Trail #647C (5,600’). Turn left (north-northeast) on this trail (#647) and follow the ridge 1.3 miles to the junction with Elk Meadows- Bluegrass Tie Trail #647B (heads west, uphill). Continue north along the ridge 0.3 mile to the highpoint of the trail (5,680). Look for a rock outcropping with great views. The trail mainly follows the ridge, descending gradually for the next 4 miles to where the trail heads west-northwest (3,880). From here the trail descends 0.3 miles to Cold Spring Creek (3,620’). Cross the creek (BE CAREFUL DURING HIGH WATER!), continue 200 feet and cross another stream. From the creek, head uphill 0.1 mile to the end of this trail at the junction with Elk Meadows Trail #645 (3,680). To get to Polallie Trailhead (OR Hwy 35), turn right on Elk Meadows Trail #645 and travel 2.3 miles.
This trail is within Mount Hood Wilderness. The trail follows parts of the historic Barlow Road. The trail travels through an old growth forest and a meadow featuring wildflowers in late summer.
This trail starts at Forest Road 3531 (4,120’) and ends at its junction with Palmeteer Trail #482 (4,320’). The southern portion of the trail is generally wooded and steep with several stream crossings. The northern portion of the trail generally follows old road grade with wide tread. Early season users will likely see a lot of moisture on the trail. From Forest Road 3531, the trail travels 0.3 mile before it splits with Barlow Butte Trail #670 and heads south. Travel 0.7 mile to Devils Half Acre Campground. From the campground, the trail follows Devils Half Acre Road (Forest Road 3530-220) for the next 0.4 mile. The trail leaves the road, crosses several small streams, and ends at the junction with Palmeteer Trail #482. Visitors can return on this trail or make a 4 mile loop to return to the trailhead at Forest Road 3531. To make the loop, turn right (west) on Palmeteer Trail #482 and travel 0.2 mile to the junction with Pacific Crest Trail #2000. Turn right (north) on #2000 and travel 1.4 miles back to Forest Road 3531.
From OR Hwy 35, the trail heads south 0.1 mile to a wooden bridge crossing Puppy Creek. Cross the bridge and continue south along the hillside above Dog River 1.7 miles to a wooden bridge crossing Dog River (2,640’). Cross Dog River and from here the trail climbs to a saddle above East Fork Hood River and OR Hwy 35. After approximately 1.1 miles of climbing, visitors are rewarded with a spectacular view of Mount Hood (3,360’). Continue climbing 0.9 mile, passing Forest Road 4400-620, to another view of Mount Hood (3,840’). The trail levels slightly and continues south 0.8 mile to a wooden bridge crossing a small stream (3,880’). The trail crosses four more wooden bridges in the next 0.4 miles. From the last bridge, the trail continues southwest 0.3 mile to its end at the junction with Zigzag Trail #678 and Surveyor’s Ridge Trail #688 (4,000). From this junction, visitors can turn left and travel 0.9 mile on Surveyor’s Ridge Trail #688 to Dufur Mill Road (Forest Road 44), or turn right on Zigzag Trail #678 and travel downhill 0.8 mile to OR Hwy 35.
This trail follows a ridgeline west of the Badger Creek Wilderness to Gunsight Butte. Spectacular views of Mount Hood are found at several points along the trail.
This trail begins at Bennett Pass Road (Forest Road 3530) and ends at Gumjuwac Saddle near Forest Road 3531 (5,240’). From Bennett Pass Road (4,120’), the trail heads north along a ridge overlooking Badger Creek. After 0.9 mile the trail reaches Camp Windy Trail #685A. From here the trail continues north, and 2.2 miles beyond the junction with #685A, the trail joins Bennett Pass Road (Forest Road 3550). The trail follows the road for 0.2 miles before heading north. 0.2 mile after leaving the Bennett Pass Road, the trail reaches Gunsight Butte (5,900’). Continue north 1.4 miles to the trail’s end at Gumjuwac Pass. The majority of this trail is under high elevation fir and pine trees with occasional openings looking east and west. There are several challenging technical sections for mountain bikes including exposed rock, rock slide areas and several difficult switchbacks.
This trail is in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. Herman Creek Trail explores the largest surviving forest of old growth fir, cedar, and hemlock left in the Columbia Gorge. Spring fed groves of ancient cedar tower above Big Cedar Swamp Shelter while equally large Noble Fir, Douglas Fir and Western Hemlock fill a fire-preserved basin of the East Fork Herman Creek. A parade of waterfalls, innumerable moss carpeted creeks, a sub-alpine lake, and ridge top vistas offer a variety of scenery for either the equestrian or backpacker using the Herman Creek Trail.
Herman Creek Trail starts at the west end of the Herman Creek Campground in the Columbia Gorge. Near the beginning of the trail, keep left at an unmarked fork. Follow the switchbacks across a power line access road, then climb another 0.4 mile to a well-signed fork. Take the left fork (east). The path soon joins an old dirt road. Proceed uphill 0.6 miles to Herman Camp primitive campsite. Continue straight past Herman Camp. The road soon becomes a trail again. You'll cross several side creeks, one with a 100’ waterfall. 2.6 miles past Herman Camp, you'll reach a junction with Casey Creek Trail #476 on left (east). Continue right on Herman Creek Trail another 6 miles to junction with Pacific Crest Trail #2000. Turn left (east) on the Pacific Crest Trail and proceed 1.6 mile to south shore of Wahtum Lake.
This trail offers spectacular views of Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams from the summit of Lost Lake Butte.
The trail begins at Lost Lake Campground (3,200’) and ends at Lost Lake Butte (4,468’). The trail climbs at a moderate grade passing through heavy timber. The last ¾ mile ascends steeply via a series of switchbacks to the summit. The remains of an old fire lookout are found just below the summit. Other trails in the vicinity are the Lakeshore Trail #656 and the Huckleberry Mountain Trail #617.
This is a good early season trail choice. The trail overlooks the Hood River Valley and offers views of Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier.
This trail begins at Smullin Drive (1,760’) and ends at Surveyor’s Ridge Trail #688 (3,680’). From Smullin Road, the trail climbs Oak Ridge via a series of switchbacks passing through open slopes and stands of Oregon White Oak. After 1 mile, the trail enters mixed oak and fir. Near the top of the ridge, the trail crosses Forest Road 1700-640. Continue a few hundred feet beyond the road to the junction with Surveyor’s Ridge Trail #688.
Mount Hood, Oregon's highest summit at 11,240 feet, is a dormant volcano covered with 11 active glaciers. This snow covered peak lies at the heart of the Wilderness and is covered with forested slopes and alpine meadows. More than 10,000 climbers a year come seeking the top of the state, making Mount Hood's summit the most visited snow covered peak in America. All climbing routes on Mt Hood are technical, including the "easier" southside climbing route, with crevasses to cross, falling rocks, and often inclement weather. Ropes, crampons and other technical gear are necessary. Review Mount Hood Summit for information about climbing Mount Hood.
Dormant but not dead, Mount Hood still vents sulfurous steam near the summit. Much of the area's annual precipitation of 150 inches falls as snow between October and April. A forest of Douglas fir covers much of the lower elevations, supported by an understory of Oregon grape, salal, rhododendron, and huckleberries. More than a dozen waterfalls are within the river valleys that lie in the shaded forest. Listen for the chirps and whistles of pikas and marmots on the rocky slopes at the tree line.
The very popular Timberline Trail #600 encircles the mountain for 38 miles. It crosses multiple alpine meadows and travels through the many glacial creeks and rivers that flow from the mountain flanks. Crossing the glacial creeks and rivers that do not have bridges during snowmelt in early to mid-summer, or when heavy or sustained rains fall, can be dangerous. Hikers should use caution and have a backup plan if rivers are too high to cross. Multiple trails wind their way through the Wilderness to join the Timberline Trail. Most visitors are day hikers who visit on the weekends. Hikers visiting mid-week or camping overnight generally see few other visitors.
The eastern section of this trail enters the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. Views from the ridge along Wildcat Mountain are outstanding. This is a less visited trail so solitude is easier to find.
This trail begins at Plaza Trail #783 and ends at the road to Eagle Creek. Parking at the Upper Douglas Trailhead (old Wildcat rock pit) at 3600’ elevation puts you in the middle of the Douglas Trail. Going eastward the trail climbs a newly reconstructed route along a forested ridge to McIntyre Ridge Trail #782 and breaks out into views (4,400’) near Wildcat Mt (4,480’). Wildcat Mt Trail #781F makes a side trip. The trail continues near the ridge (4,000’) to its eastern end at Plaza Trail #783.
Going westward the trail descends crossing some harvested areas, bumps up onto a closed paved road for almost a ½ mile and then continues descending down through classic west side forest to the old 255 spur road (2400’) that can take you to Eagle Creek Trail #501. The last ¾ is a reroute done in 2005.
This trail enters the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. Eagle Creek Trail #501 follows alongside Eagle Creek passing through old-growth Douglas fir, western hemlock and western red cedar forest.
This trail is relatively flat as it follows Eagle Creek. There are several small creek crossings along the trail. There are several campsites along the trail. The trail ends after 6.4 miles at an Eagle Creek ford that accesses Eagle Creek Cutoff Trail #504.
This trail enters the Mount Hood Wilderness on the southwest side of Mount Hood and climbs to the small wooded lake through rhododendron bushes, which bloom in profusion in June. The trail passes Hidden Lake on the way to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. Hidden Lake is more of a pond but still a pleasant destination. For a longer hike you may continue to the upper terminus of the Hidden Lake Trail.
Hidden Lake Trail follows the forested ridge east of Zigzag Canyon, climbing almost 2800’ to reach the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 in approx. 4 miles. This trail begins at Forest Road 2639 (3,080’), passes Hidden Lake after 2 miles, and continues to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (5,720’). A demanding 12.2 mile loop can be made by combining Hidden Lake Trail #779 with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (2.4 miles) and Paradise Park Trail #778 (5.6 miles). Paradise Park Trail #778 ends 0.5 mile west of the Hidden Lake Trailhead on Forest Road 2639.
This trail begins at Forest Road 2639-021 (2,800’) and ends at Paradise Park Loop Trail #757 (5,760’). From Forest Road 2639-021, the trail climbs gradually before starting up several switchbacks to a flat point after 1.7 miles. The trail continues northwest 0.7 mile to a ridgeline. The trail follows the ridgeline and climbs 3.25 miles to the junction with Zigzag Mountain Trail #775. There are nice views of the Zigzag Canyon along the ridgeline. Continue straight on #778 and after 0.2 mile the trail reaches the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. The trail continues through meadows and more open forest 0.5 mile to Paradise Park Loop Trail #757. This junction is considered the old trail’s end. The trail continues, however, a further 0.5 mile through alpine meadows to a spectacular viewpoint (6,240’). Part of this trail was reconstructed in 1999 changing the steeper sections into more gradual terrain with switchbacks. The trail is a steady climb most of its length. While it does follow a ridgeline, it is not an “exposed ridge” that would be precarious for stock.
This trail accesses the southern side of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. This is a short hike to a mountain lake with great views of Mount Hood. From the trailhead, the trail descends ½ mile east from the ridge via several switchbacks to Plaza Lake. There is one campsite at the lake near the trail’s end.
This trail starts at Forest Road 4610 and ends at it junction with Boulder Ridge Trail #783A. From Forest Road 4610 (4,240’), the trail heads north and after 50’ the trail branches. The trail heading west is Old Baldy Trail #502. Head east (right) onto this trail (#783). At 1.3 miles the trail passes Sheepshead Rock (4,460’) which offers nice views to the north, west and east. Leaving Sheepshead Rock, the trail climbs several switchbacks, descends briefly then contours a further 1.5 miles to the junction with Salmon Mountain Trail #787 (3,840’). From the junction, #783 continues north and after 2.6 miles the trail reaches the junction with Douglas Trail #781 (4,040’). Head right to stay on #783 and continue 1.6 miles to the junction with Bonanza Trail #786 (4,200’). Head left to stay on #783 and the trail passes Huckleberry Mountain (4,290’) in 0.1 mile. Continue heading north going downhill 1.7 miles to the trail’s end at the junction with Boulder Ridge Trail #783A. The only significant sustained grades on this trail are between the Sheepshead rock and Salmon Mountain Trail #787. There are some short, steep sections along the trail.
This trail is in the Mount Hood Wilderness and it provides the west to east transportation network for the upper south slope of Mount Hood. Two abandoned lookout sites are located along the trail. Huckleberries can be abundant from September to frost. There are many great views of Mt. Hood along this trail.
This trail begins at Forest Road 1819 (East Mountain Drive) and ends at Paradise Park Trail #778. This frequently maintained trail is mostly moderately wide single track trail with the occasional rocky section. Trail traffic is typically light to moderate with the most traffic seen from Devil’s Tie Trail #767 to Horseshoe Ridge #774. Leaving from Forest Road 1819 (1,600’), the trail climbs 3.5 miles to Zigzag Mountain (4,400’). The trail continues on the ridge 1.1 miles to West Zigzag Mountain Trail #789, shortly after passing West Zigzag Mountain. From Trail #789, the trail continues on the ridge heading west 1.9 miles to Horseshoe Trail #774. From this junction, the trail continues climbing 1.6 miles to Devil’s Tie Trail #767. Head north from #767 0.2 miles to the Cast Lake Trail #796. Stay straight on #775 0.1 mile to Cast Creek Trail #773. The trail heads west again for 0.7 mile passing Zigzag East Lookout on the way to Burnt Lake Trail #772. Continue a further 0.3 mile to a second junction with Burnt Lake Trail #772. From here the trail continues climbing west 2.9 miles to its end at Paradise Park Trail #778 (5,040’). There are few reliable sources for water along this trail, so be sure to carry enough water. There are many trails intersecting this trail that make interesting additions to an out-and-back route or a point-to-point, shuttle route.