Hand Lake Trail #3513


Beginning at Hand Lake Trailhead, Hand Lake Trail #3513 immediately enters the Mt. Washington Wilderness and heads northwest through an alpine mixed-conifer forest. The trail exits the Mt. Washington Wilderness just before coming out of the woods into a large meadow near Hand Lake and the historic Hand Lake Shelter. The trail continues north across the meadow, re-entering the dense woods and continuing along the west edge of Hand Lake. The trail hooks northwest and passes by and through old burnt forest over undulating terrain before ending at Deer Butte Trail #3508.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 10/13/2016: From the Scotty Way Trail to the Deer Butte Trail the trail can be hard to follow and in some areas is covered in blowdown.
Operational Hours: Highway 242 is closed in Winter, November-June
Permit Info: Wilderness self-issue permit required
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Water: Requires treatment
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Benson / Tenas Trailhead
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger Station

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Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

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  Area/Length : 
6.6 miles

  Elevation : 
5000 feet