This trail begins at Dickey Creek Trail #553 and ends at Big Slide Lake. From Trail #553 (4,340’), the trail drops down a steep hill to the north end of Big Slide Lake (4,260’). Use caution descending if carrying a heavy backpack. There are several campsites along the lake. There are several day hike options if camping at the lake including Schreiner Peak Trail #559 (to Lake Lenore), West Lake Way #556 and Welcome Lake Trail #554.
From Portland, 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. Follow Dickey Creek Trail #553 approximately 5.5 miles to the beginning of this trail (#553A).