Area Status: Open
Restroom facilities are available at the trailhead. Access to Badger Creek Wilderness. Badger Lake Trail 479A is a nice, short hike around Badger Lake. Most visitors start this trail where it leaves Forest Road 140 near the northeast end of the lake. Head south on this trail passing a campsite. After 0.4 miles, the trail becomes an unmaintained, unimproved lightly used path that continues around the south end of the lake passing several campsites along the way. The north end of the lake is served by a better maintained trail. After approximately 1 mile, the path rejoins the maintained trail on the west side of the lake. After 0.3 mile on the maintained trail, the trail reaches the junction with Badger Creek Trail #479. Vehicle travel is very difficult. Only high clearance vehicles are advised to attempt travel to the lake.
Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
From Sandy, OR travel 31 miles east on US Hwy 26 to the intersection with Oregon Hwy 35. Turn north onto Oregon Hwy 35 and travel 4 miles and turn right, approximately 150 feet before milepost 62, on White River Road (Forest Road 48).
Follow White River Road for 14 miles to Forest Road 4860. Turn north on Forest Road 4860 and follow it 7.8 miles to the junction with Forest Road 140.
Turn right on Forest Road 140 and follow it 4 miles to it to the parking area at Badger Lake Campground.