Area Status: Open
This trail is in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness. The trail provides a direct route to the popular Big Slide Lake. The trail passes through deep forest in the Dickey Creek drainage for the first three miles, and then climbs to the ridge above Big Slide Lake. This trail typically provides the earliest access to the Bull of the Woods Wilderness.
The trail begins at Forest Road 6340-140 and ends at Schreiner Peak Trail #555. Beginning at Forest Road 6340-140 (2,900’), the trail follows a decommissioned section of Forest Road 6340-140 for 0.6 mile. At the end of the old road, the trail begins a steep descent into a heavily forested area. This portion of the trail is very steep and unstable ground causes trail shifts, USE CAUTION, especially if carrying a heavy pack. 1.2 miles after leaving the decommissioned 6340-140, the trail crosses a large meadow with a pond just to the south (2,600’). The trail leaves the meadow and continues to follow the valley floor a further 1.4 miles to Dickey Creek (2,880’). The trail crosses Dickey Creek and picks up directly across the creek to the southeast. After crossing the creek, the trail begins to climb the northwest slope of Big Slide Mountain and reaches the junction with Big Slide Lake Trail #553A (4,340’) (0.1 mile west) after 2.2 miles. From the junction, the trail continues up a steep climb for 0.5 mile to the trail’s end at the junction with Schreiner Peak Trail #555 (4,680’).
Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
From Portland, travel east on US Hwy 26 to Sandy. Turn right (southwest) on OR Hwy 211 and travel 6.1 miles to OR Hwy 224. Turn left (southeast) on OR Hwy 224 and travel 30.6 miles to Clackamas River Hwy (Forest Road 46) (approximately at milepost 50).
Take the right fork onto Clackamas River Hwy and travel 3.7 miles to Collowash Road (Forest Road 63). Travel 5.7 miles on Forest Road 63 and turn right onto Forest Road 6340. Travel approximately 2.8 miles on Forest Road 6340 to Forest Road 6340-140.
Follow Forest Road 6340-140 1.6 miles to the trailhead parking area at the end of the road.