Hidden Lake Trail #779

Hidden Lake trail

This trail enters the Mount Hood Wilderness on the southwest side of Mount Hood and climbs to the small wooded lake through rhododendron bushes, which bloom in profusion in June. The trail passes Hidden Lake on the way to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. Hidden Lake is more of a pond but still a pleasant destination. For a longer hike you may continue to the upper terminus of the Hidden Lake Trail. 

Hidden Lake Trail follows the forested ridge east of Zigzag Canyon, climbing almost 2800’ to reach the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 in approx. 4 miles. This trail begins at Forest Road 2639 (3,080’), passes Hidden Lake after 2 miles, and continues to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (5,720’). A demanding 12.2 mile loop can be made by combining Hidden Lake Trail #779 with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (2.4 miles) and Paradise Park Trail #778 (5.6 miles). Paradise Park Trail #778 ends 0.5 mile west of the Hidden Lake Trailhead on Forest Road 2639. 

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Be alert for down limbs, debris, or winter damage.
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply in Mt Hood Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Welches, OR
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at the Hidden Lake trailhead from May 1 to October 31st.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zig Zag Ranger Station

General Information


From Portland, OR - follow U.S. Hwy 26 22 miles east of Sandy and turn left (north) at Kiwanis Camp Road (Forest Road 2639) (approximately 0.6 mile east of milepost 48). Travel 2.2 miles on Kiwanis Camp Road to the parking area near the end of the road. The trail begins just past Kiwanis Camp entrance in a wide parking area on the left.


Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding: See day hiking description

Viewing Plants

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Plants: See day hiking description


Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.2 miles

  Elevation : 
3080' - 5720'