Area Status: Open
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 an out and back route to Badger Lake; 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.
Sections of this trail are maintained by the Back Country Horsemen of Oregon Columbia Gorge Chapter volunteers. The Northwest Youth Corps also help with maintenance on this trail.
Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
From Sandy, OR take Hwy 26 east about 31 miles to Hwy 35 north to the junction of Forest Road 48 (just north of Rock Creek Reservoir).
Turn left on Forest Road 4810 continue for 2 miles. At the junction with Forest Road 4811 turn right for approx. 2 miles, turning right on Forest Road 2710 heading to Bonney Crossing Campground.
Trailhead is on the left after crossing Badger Creek.