Area Status: Open
This trail quickly gains elevation and offers a view of Mount Jefferson a short distance above the Frog Lake Campground. This trail leads to the north ridge of Frog Lake Buttes where it joins a more secluded portion of trail #484 which continues north to Lower Twin Lakes, and south to the summit of Frog Lake Buttes. Although the true beginning to this trail is at a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000, just north of the Wapinitia Pass parking area, most visitors access it across the road from the Frog Lake Campground. The trail begins as a narrow tread through thick underbrush, but quickly changes into a wider track through moss covered trees and very little underbrush. It makes its way up a long climb up the ridge where it intersects the Frog Lake Butte trail (#484). There, travelers can continue climbing a short distance to the southerly summit of Frog Lake Buttes or head north toward Twin Lakes.
Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
Sandy, OR; Hood River, OR
||Restroom at trailhead
A valid Recreation Pass is required at Frog Lake Sno-Park/Trailhead from May 1 through October 31.
Hood River Ranger District
Access from Frog Lake Sno-Park/Trailhead.
From Hood River, travel 35 miles south on Oregon Hwy 35 to US Hwy 26. Follow US Hwy 26 south to Frog Lake Sno-Park at Wapinitia Pass (Forest Road 2610) (approximately 300’ south of milepost 62). Turn left (east) into the Frog Lake Sno-Park parking area. Follow the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) 0.25 mile to the trailhead for Trail #530. The trail heads south at the junction.
From Portland, follow US Hwy 26 35 miles southeast of Sandy to Frog Lake Sno-Park at Wapinitia Pass (Forest Road 2610) (approximately 300’ south of milepost 62). Turn left (east) into the Frog Lake Sno-Park parking area. Follow the Pacific Crest Trail (#2000) 0.25 mile to the trailhead for Trail #530. The trail head south at the junction.