Chinidere Cutoff Trail #406M


This trail is in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.  This trail provides the shortest route up to Chinidere Mountain (4,645’) from Wahtum Lake. Chinidere Mountain offers some of the best views in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. This trail is very steep but only takes about a half mile to connect to great vista points. 

Starting from the Wahtum Lake Trailhead (3,960’), go down the easy switchback on #406H (or the steeper # 406J) to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 on the south shore of Wahtum Lake (3,760’).  Follow the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 west 0.3 mile to the junction with Eagle Creek Trail #440. Take the right fork to follow #440 and travel 0.1 mile west along the remainder of the lakeshore down to the start of Chinidere Cutoff #406M (3,740’). Turn right (north) onto Chinidere Cutoff Trail #406M and cross the East Fork Eagle Creek. The trail then heads up a series of switchbacks on good tread and steady grade for 0.7 miles to the trail’s end at the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (4,260’).  To reach Chinidere Mountain Trail #445, turn left (west) and follow #2000 approximately 300 feet.  To return to the Wahtum Lake Trailhead along a different route, turn right onto the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 and travel 1.8 miles.

Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire.
Open Season: June
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply.
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Information Center: Hood River Ranger District

General Information


From Hood River, OR travel south on OR Hwy 281 Dee Highway (it goes past the airport), approximately 11 miles to the Lost Lake Road turn-off at Dee. Follow Lost Lake Road (Forest Road 13) and after approximately 5 miles (0.5 mile after crossing  the West Fork of the Hood River), take the right fork onto Lost Lake Road (Forest Road 13) signed for Wahtum Lake.  Continue on Lost Lake Road for another 4.3 miles to Forest Road 1310.  Turn right (north) onto Forest Road 1310 and travel 6 miles on the paved road to the Wahtum Lake Campground and trailhead.



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  Area/Length : 
.7 miles

  Elevation : 
3740' - 4260'


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