Rainy Whatum Trail #409

This is a nice ridge hike between Rainy Lake and Wahtum Lake along the edge of Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. There are many vistas in open areas along the way; views of Mount Hood to the south dominate. The summit of Tomlike Mountain and Wooly Horn Ridge are close enough to explore. Loop possibilities exist with other trails in the area.
This trail begins at Rainy Lake Campground (4,000’) and ends at Anthill Trail #406B (4,400’). The trail follows Waucoma Ridge along an old abandoned road between Rainy Lake and Wahtum Lake.

Starting at Rainy Lake Campground/Day Use, the trail heads west on an old road bed and climbs up to Waucoma Ridge. Within a mile the trail reaches Gorton Creek Trail #408 just below the ridge. A little further up will be Herman Creek Cutoff Trail. The trail along the ridge is sometimes rocky, but affords good views. After 3 miles the trail reaches the junction with Anthill Trail #406B (4,400’). To get to Wahtum Lake Trailhead, go left (south) on #406B for another 1.5 miles. This trail curves east above Wahtum Lake and provides excellent views of Chinidere Mountain and Wahtum Lake. To make an 8.3-mile loop from the south end of this trail (hikers and horses only as the loop enters wilderness), turn right (west) onto #406B for 0.5 mile to Herman Creek Trail #406. Turn right (north) onto #406 and travel 2.7 miles to Herman Cutoff #410 (2,880’). Turn right onto #410 and head uphill towards Waucoma Ridge for 2.2 miles to the intersection with this trail (#409) (4,400’). Turn left onto this trail and head north 1.1 miles back to Rainy Lake Campground.

Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This trail shares a corridor with a closed road that runs from Rainy Lake to Wahtum Lake.
Fees: $10/day/vehicle required to park at Rainy Lake Day-Use AreaThis trailhead is concessionaire-operated.
Open Season: May
Restrictions: Bicycles are not allowed in the Mark O Hatfield Wilderness. Wilderness restrictions apply. Please practice leave no trace principles - pack out everything you packed in!
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2) at Rainy Lake Campground
Passes: Northwest Forest Pass may be used as fee payment at the Rainy Lake Day-Use Area.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood River Ranger District

General Information


From Hood River, OR - travel south on OR Hwy 281 Dee Highway (it goes past the Hood River airport)  approximately 11 miles to Dee.  

Bear right at the old Dee Mill Site and cross the East Fork of the Hood River. Turn right again and go 1.2 miles up Punchbowl Road until it crosses the West Fork of the Hood River.

The road becomes Dead Point Road (Forest Road 2820) here.  Follow Dead Point Road 11 miles until you get to Rainy Lake Campground and trailhead

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Day Hiking

Horse Riding

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3 miles

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  Elevation : 
4000' - 4500'