Area Status: Open
The Mt Hood National Forest section of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 is 130.1 miles long. It begins at Gifford Pinchot National Forest Boundary and ends at Willamette National Forest. The Pacific Crest Trail is accessed by various trails and trailheads throughout Mt Hood National Forest. See the Pacific Crest Trail Association http://www.pcta.org/ for maps and more information. This section of trail accesses Mount Jefferson Wilderness of the Willamette National Forest.
This section of the Pacific Crest Trail runs from Joe Graham Hose Camp just south of Timothy Lake to the Willamette National Forest Boundary. From the Joe Graham Horse Camp/trailhead the trail heads south on mostly level terrain for 0.6 to the junction with Headwaters Trail #522 and Miller Trail #534. The trail continues south on mostly level ground, and travels 24.9 miles through varying terrain to Olallie Lake Scenic Area. Continuing through the scenic area, the trail heads south along the west side of Olallie Butte and after 3.2 miles the trail reaches Olallie Lake (4,960’) (this also makes a good access point for the trail). The trail heads west for 1.4 miles to the junction with Red Lake Trail #719. Continue straight (southwest) on #2000 and go another 0.5 mile to the junction with Double Peaks Trail #735 (5,360’). The trail passes Upper Lake and travels 2.3 miles to the junction with Ruddy Hill Trail #714 (5,600’). Continue 0.2 mile to the junction with Horseshoe Saddle #712 (5,520’). Leaving the junction with #712, the trail heads south and meanders through an open area to the intersection with Forest Road 4220 (this road makes a great access point for this trail). The trail continues south, enters the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and begins to climb into alpine area of predominantly rock and snow. The trail can be difficult to follow in this area. Look for a few cairns (small rock piles) marking the route. After 3.4 miles the trail ends reaches the junction with the Willamette National Forest Boundary. The trail continues south into the Willamette National Forest.
Mt Hood National Forest Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000
Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
From Portland to the trailhead near Joe Graham Horse Camp, follow US Hwy 26 40.2 miles from Sandy to Skyline Road (Forest Road 42). Turn right at Skyline Road (Forest Road 42) and travel 8.3 miles and turn left into the Joe Graham Campground. Park in the day use parking area. The trail starts on the east side of the campground. There are several other points to access the trail along the route.