Plaza Lake Trail #788

This trail accesses the southern side of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. This is a short hike to a mountain lake with great views of Mount Hood. From the trailhead, the trail descends ½ mile east from the ridge via several switchbacks to Plaza Lake.  There is one campsite at the lake near the trail’s end.

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR
Passes: A valid recreation pass is not required at Plaza Lake trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zig Zag Ranger District, Zig Zag Ranger Station

General Information


From Hood River, OR - follow Oregon Hwy 35 38.5 miles and merge right onto US Hwy 26.  Follow US Hwy 26 8.9 miles south and turn right (west) at Skyline Road (Forest Road 42).  Follow Skyline Road for 1.1 miles and turn right toward Forest Road 2660.  Travel 2.5 miles and turn left (southwest) at Forest Road 2660 and continue another 0.9 mile.  Turn right at Abbott Road (Forest Road 58) and travel 10.7 miles.  Take the right fork at Forest Road 4610 (near High Rock-the road becomes dirt here) and follow it for 8.1 miles to the small parking area and trail head on the north side of the road.  

From Estacada, OR - follow Oregon Hwy 224 (Clackamas Hwy) south for 6.5 miles to N Fork Road (Forest Road 4610).  Travel 7.1 miles and stay left on N Fork Road (Forest Road 4610). After 0.9 mile take the first right onto Abbott Road (Forest Road 4610).  Follow Abbott Road (Forest Road 4610) for 11.1 miles to the small parking area and trail head on the north side of the road.  

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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  Area/Length : 
.5 miles

  Elevation : 
3700' - 4200'