Old Baldy Trail #502


This trail enters the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. This trail travels through thick forest but has several outstanding viewpoints along the way. The trail follows a ridge overlooking the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness to the north.

This trail begins at Forest Road 4610 near Twin Springs Campground (4,240’) and ends at Old Baldy mountain (4,160’). From Forest Road 4610, the trail heads north into the trees.  After approximately 50 feet the trail reaches a junction with #502 and Plaza Trail #783.  Turn left onto #502.  The trail parallels the road briefly heading southwest.  After heading away from the road, the trail crosses a ridge then begins a descent with views south into the Squaw Lakes basin.  After 1 mile the trail begins a gradual climb (4,040’).   After climbing 1.2 miles, the trail reaches the junction with Fanton Trail #505.  Continue heading north on #502 and travel 0.6 to the junction with Eagle Creek Cutoff Trail #504 (4,040’).  Leaving the junction with #504 the trail begins a long (3.4 miles), sometimes steep climb to Old Baldy Mountain (4,160).  The middle of this trail can be accessed from Fanton Trail #505 (3.1 miles).

Trail Description & Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Permit Info: A  Wilderness permit is required to enter a Wilderness in Mt Hood National Forest from May 15 through October 15. You must have a copy of the completed permit in your possession during your visit to Wilderness.  Permits are free and self-issued at trailheads and Wilderness boundaries.
Open Season: June
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Estacada, OR
Information Center: Clackamas River Ranger District 16400 Chanmpion Way Sandy, Or  97005 (971) 333.4100

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) to stay on 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 8.3 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.



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  Area/Length : 
6.2 miles

  Elevation : 
3920' - 4520'


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