This trail is in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness. This is an outstanding trail to a small alpine lake. There are spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and the Bull of the Woods Wilderness along the entire route.
The trail begins at Welcome Lakes Trail #554 and ends at Lake Lenore. From Welcome Lakes Trail #554, the trail drops down a steep north facing slope for .6 mile to the junction with Dickey Creek Trail #553 (4,680’). Use caution if carrying a heavy pack. The trail heads northeast from the junction for 0.2 mile to the junction with West Lake Way #556. Stay left on #555 and begin the climb towards Big Slide Mountain. The trail passes through several meadows offering spectacular views of surrounding peaks and Welcome Lakes while climbing. 1 mile after the junction with #556, the trail reaches a saddle to the east of the Big Slide Mountain summit (5,400’). The saddle offers spectacular views of the area. The trail descends steeply off the ridge and enters a large burn area before reaching Lake Lenore after 0.3 mile.
Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
Via Bull of the Woods Trail #550
From Portland, OR - 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 7.8 miles on Forest Road 6340 and you will come to a fork in the road (6340 and 6341). Take the left fork onto 6340 and follow it for approximately 1.5 miles to the trailhead parking area at the end of the road.
Follow Bull of the Woods Trail #550 3.9 miles to Welcome Lakes Trail #554. Turn left (east) onto #554 and follow it 0.2 mile to the beginning of this trail (#555).