West Lake Way Trail #556

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail is in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness.  This is a short connecting trail between Upper Welcome Lake and the Schreiner Peak Trail #555.  The trail passes burned (2010) and scenic West Lake Basin.

The trail begins at Welcome Lake Trail #554 and ends at Schreiner Peak Trail #555. Beginning at Trail #555 (4,680’), the trail heads downhill into the Welcome Lakes Basin. After 0.3 mile the trail reaches an open rocky area with good views of the Basin. Hikers can cross over the rocks to the north to look down on West Lake. There is no established trail to West Lake. The trail continues heading southeast and after a further 0.7 mile along rocky trail, the trail reaches Upper Welcome Lake. The trail follows the east side of the lake for 0.1 mile to the trail’s end at Welcome Lakes Trail #554. There is an established camping area near this junction.

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Permit Info: A  Wilderness permit is required to enter a Wilderness in Mt Hood National Forest from May 15 through October 15. Permits are free and self-issued at trailheads and Wilderness boundaries.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Estacada, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Clackamas River Ranger District - Estacada Ranger Station

General Information


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 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.  To reach the beginning of this trail (#556), follow Dickey Creek Trail #553 for 6 miles to its end.  

Turn left (northeast) onto Schreiner Peak Trail #555 and follow it for 0.2 mile to the west end of this trail (#556).



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