Pacific Crest Trail (Hood River)

Bridge of the Gods Trailhead to Indian Springs:

This section of the PCT runs from Bridge of the Gods Trailhead on the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area at FR 221 (north) to Indian Springs Campground (south).

Entering the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness, the hike passes the rugged canyons of Eagle & Herman Creeks on the way to Benson Plateau & Wahtum Lake Basin. Trail is part of a multi-day loop opportunity. At 14.4 miles, hike the extra 0.2 mile to Chinidere Mountain for views of Mountains Adams, Rainier, and St. Helens. Junctions with the Gorge Trail #400, Teakettle Spring (7.1 mi.), Wahtum Lake and Eagle Creek Trail junction (15.6 mi.), Indian Springs Campground (18.6 mi.).

Indian Springs to Lolo Pass:

This section of the PCT runs from Indian Springs Campground (north) to Lolo Pass (south). From the Indian Springs Trailhead (4,240’, shared with Indian Spring Trail #435), the trail heads south and follows Waucoma Ridge, part of the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness boundary. There are spectacular views along Waucoma Ridge. After 5.7 miles the trail reaches the junction with Buck Peak Trail #615 (4,480’). #615 makes a nice side trip to a summit with nice views (0.4 mile). Trail continues south from the junction and descends gradually for 3.2 miles to the junction with Huckleberry Mountain Trail #617 (4,000’). #617 heads downhill 2.1 miles to Lost Lake. Continue south to stay on this trail (#2000) 4.1 mile further, descending to Lolo Pass (FR 18/Lolo Pass Road).

Barlow Pass to Lolo Pass:

This trail is in the Mount Hood Wilderness. This section of the PCT runs from Barlow Pass (south) to Lolo Pass (north).

Barlow Pass to Frog Lake Sno-Park:

This section of PCT is in the Mount Hood Wilderness. This well-used trail is very scenic with several viewpoints along the way.   

This trail starts at FR 3531 (4,120’) near Barlow Pass and ends at Frog Lake Sno-Park (3,920’) near Wapinitia Pass (US Hwy 26). Visitors can return the same way (9.8 miles total) or make a loop by turning (east) onto Twin Lakes Trail #495 and traveling 3.5 miles back to the #2000. Turn right (north) onto #2000 and travel 2 miles back to the Barlow Pass Sno-Park/Trailhead.

See also:

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Be on alert for fire-weakened trees, rockslides, landslides, stumpholes, and washouts. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains.
Permit Info: Permits for travel along the Pacific Crest Trail are required in some but not all areas along the trail. Visit PCTA- Permits for more information. 
Open Season: June
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Passes: Some trailheads require a fee and accept valid recreation passes. Check our Recreation Passes and Permits page for details.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood River Ranger District: (541) 352-6002

General Information


Access from:


Day Hiking


Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
130.1 miles