Wahtum Lake Trailhead

The Wahtum Lake trailhead leads to several trails within Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. The parking area is for both the trailhead and day use area, located adjacent to the Wahtum Lake Campground.

Provides access to: Eagle Creek Trail #440, Pacific Crest Trail #2000, Rainy Wahtum TrailChinidere Mountain Trail, Herman Creek Trail #406.

At a Glance

Fees: $10/vehicle/day to park at the trailhead/day use area.
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.
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply in Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Passes: Recreation passes are accepted as a form of fee payment.
Operated By: Concessionaire (Lost Lake Resort, Inc.)
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General Information


From Hood River, OR - travel south on OR 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, this 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.  



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