Area Status: Open
This easier trail is within Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. Bear Lake Trail is a short hike through timber to a nice sub-alpine lake. The lake is deep enough for fish to thrive. There are good views of Mount Adams in the saddle above the lake and Mount Defiance from Bear Lake.
This trail begins at Mount Defiance Trail #413 and ends at Bear Lake (3,920’). Bear Lake Trail can be accessed by starting at the shared trailhead for the Wyeth Trail #411 and Mount Defiance Trail #413 on Forest Road 2820 (3,840’). Follow the Mount Defiance Trail #413 northeast 0.5 mile through timber to the junction for this trail (#413A) (4,040’). Turn left onto this trail and contour at 4,100’ 0.5 mile to a saddle overlooking Bear Lake. From here the trail drops down steeper grades the last 0.2 mile to the lake. The trails in this area are somewhat rocky but easy to follow.
Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
From Hood River, OR travel south on OR Hwy 281 Dee Highway (it goes past the Hood River airport) approximately 11 miles to Lost Lake Road at Dee. Take the right fork here and cross the East Fork of the Hood River.
Turn right again and go 1.2 miles up Punchbowl Road until it crosses the West Fork of the Hood River. The road becomes Dead Point Road (Forest Road 2820) here.
Follow Dead Point Road approximately 10 miles to a wide spot on the south side of the road where cars can be parallel parked. The trailhead for trail #413A is across the road.