Area Status: Open
This short trail is in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness and accesses Rainy and North Lakes. It begins at Rainy Lake Campground (4,000’) and ends at North Lake Trail #423 (4,160’)
From Rainy Lake Campground head north 0.15 miles to the east shore of Rainy Lake. There is a short trail around Rainy Lake to the left. Continue on #423A along the east shore for 300’ before heading back into the trees at the north end of the lake. The trail continues 0.4 miles on a moderate climb to North Lake Trail #423. From here, a nice 3.1 mile loop can be hiked by turning left (west) on North Lake Trail #423 and travelling 0.5 miles to Gorton Creek Trail #408. Turn left (south) on #408 and go 1 mile to Rainy Whatum Trail #409. Turn left (north) on #409 and travel a further 1 mile to the trailhead at Rainy Lake Campground.
Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
Access from Rainy Lake Campground.
From Hood River 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 11 miles until you get to Rainy Lake Campground and Trailhead.