Chinidere Mountain Trail #445


This trail is in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.  Chinidere Mountain sits above Wahtum Lake and has one of the most expansive views in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. You can see five glaciated volcanoes from here on a clear day. You can also see down Eagle Creek to the Columbia Gorge. There are possibilities for including a hike to the top of this mountain from several trails around Wahtum Lake. All of these make nice loops. Look for unique rock pits near the top. This trail begins at the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (4,280’) and ends at the summit of Chinidere Mountain (4,670’).

The easiest way to access this trail is to begin at the Wahtum Lake Trailhead and drop down to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. Go east around the lake on #2000 and loop west up to the junction with the Herman Creek trail #406 and shortly afterward, the Chinidere Mountain Trail #445. This way is about 1.8 miles to the beginning of this trail from the Wahtum Lake Trailhead.  A slightly shorter way to access this trail also starts at the Wahtum Lake Trailhead. From here drop down to #2000 and go west 0.2 miles. Then follow the Eagle Creek Trail 0.1 mile to the lake’s outlet and go north up the Chinidere Cutoff Trail #406M 0.1 mile to #2000. Follow #2000 300’ west to the beginning of this trail.  This route is steeper.  Once at the Chinidere Mountain Trail #445, head northwest up several short switchbacks. The trail is easy to follow, and moderately steep. In only a half mile you are standing on one of the best summits around.

Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Permit Info: Wilderness Permits are required for trails leaving Wahtum Lake between May 15 and Oct 15. Permits are free and self-issued at a permit box station at the Wahtum Lake trailhead.
Open Season: June
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood River Ranger District

General Information


From Hood River, OR travel south on Hwy 281 Dee Highway (it goes past the Hood River airport) about 11.5 miles to the Lost Lake turn-off. Bear right here and cross the East Fork of the Hood River. Keep to the left and follow the signs as if going to Lost Lake. One half mile after crossing the West Fork of the Hood River, a signed junction will indicate Wahtum Lake to the right (Forest Road 13); take this road.

Although paved, Forest Road 13 is a narrow road, during the summer expect heavy traffic. At the next intersection (4+ miles), keep right onto the Forest Road 1310. This road is even narrower and traffic may be just as heavy. Stay on the pavement until Wahtum Lake Campground is reached. This is the trailhead for trails heading down to and around Wahtum Lake.  

Chinidere Mountain Trail #445 begins to the north above Wahtum Lake on the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. You will find it just west of the PCT #2000, #406M junction.



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  Elevation : 
4280' - 4670'


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