Catalpa Lake Trail #535


This kid friendly trail provides easy access to a small, secluded and peaceful lake surrounded by firs and hemlocks and a rocky, rugged butte on one side. This trail enters the Mount Hood Wilderness.

This trail starts at Forest Road 2610-250 (3,960’) and ends at Catalpa Lake (4,120’).  The trail begins with a steep climb for 0.2 mile.  After crossing Green Lake Creek, the trail grade becomes gradual for the next 0.7 mile to Catalpa Lake.  The trail passes through old growth forest on the way.  The trail goes part way around the lake to a primitive campground.  

Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Open Season: June
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply.
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood River Ranger District

General Information


From Portland, OR follow US Hwy 26 41.2 miles east of Sandy to Cedar Burn Road (Forest Road 43).  Turn left (northeast) on Cedar Burn Road and travel 3.5 miles to the junction with Forest Road 2610.  Turn left (north) on the gravel Forest Road 2610 and after 0.75 mile, continue straight ahead on Forest Road 2610-250 for 2 miles to Catalpa Lake Trailhead.  The trailhead is off a dirt spur road.  There is a small parking area big enough for two vehicles.



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  Area/Length : 
0.9 miles

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  Elevation : 
3960 - 4120


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