Cottonwood Meadows Trail #705

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail is best in late summer or early fall to avoid the bugs in the areas with standing water. This trail travels through mature forest with opportunities to see large game. This trail was originally known as the old Cot Creek trail.

The trail begins at Forest Road 5830 (4,360) and ends at Forest Road 5830-260 (3,840’). From Forest Road 5830, the trails heads southeast through Cottonwood Meadows. The trail reaches a small lake after 0.3 mile (4,200’). Continue southeast 0.4 mile to the north end of Cottonwood Lake (4,040’). The trail continues along the east shore of Cottonwood Lake and continues south 0.4 mile to Forest Road 5830-240 (4,000’). Follow Forest Road 5830-240 east for 0.2 mile. The trail leaves Forest Road 5830-240 and heads south. The trail follows several switchbacks and continues downhill for 0.8 mile to the end at Forest Road 5830-260 (3,840’).

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Trail Open, but be alert for down trees, hanging limbs, debris, and trail damaged caused by the Labor Day windstorm and winter ice storm. Access roads are limited and require navigation and backcountry skills. Check Riverside Fire damage for closures.
Open Season: June
Best Season: Late summer/Early fall
Closest Towns: Estacada, OR
Water: bring your own drinking water
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Clackamas Ranger District, Estacada Ranger Station

General Information


From Portland, OR - travel east on US Hwy 26 to Sandy. Turn right (southwest) on OR Hwy 211 and travel 6.1 miles to OR Hwy 224. Turn left (southeast) on OR Hwy 224 and travel 30.2 miles to Oak Grove Fork Road (Forest Road 57) (approximately at milepost 50). Turn left (east) on Oak Grove Fork Road and travel 7.4 miles to High Rock Road (Forest Road 58). Follow High Rock Road for 3 miles and take the left fork onto Forest Road 5830. Follow Forest Road 5830 for 7.6 miles to the parking area on the right (west) side of the road, approximately 0.2 mile beyond Forest Road 5830-230 (also the Rimrock Trail #704 trailhead). No toilet facilities or water is available.



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  Area/Length : 
2.2 miles

  Elevation : 
3840' - 4360'


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