Palmeteer Trail #482


This outstanding trail is in the Mount Hood Wilderness.  This is a very scenic trail with several viewpoints along the way.  This is a well used trail with narrow tread and level footing.  The trail begins at Pacific Crest Trail #2000 and ends at Upper Twin Lake.

To access the north end of this trail, travel south on the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 from the Barlow Pass Sno-Park 1.5 miles.  Turn right (east) onto this trail (#482).  The trail passes through small alpine timber for 0.2 mile to the junction with Devil’s Half Acre Trail #482A (4,320’).  Continue straight on this trail and travel 0.5 mile to a small alpine meadow (4,160’).  A short spur trail (0.4 mile) on the east side of the meadow takes you to the Palmateer Point viewpoint (4,400’).  From here you can see Mount Hood and the Barlow Creek Drainage.  From the meadow, the trail continues south 0.1 mile and crosses Palmateer Creek.  This creek is typically dry by late summer.  After 0.4 mile the trail reaches a junction with Twin Lakes Trail #495 (4,320’).  Continue straight on this trail 0.3 mile to an outstanding viewpoint (4,480’). The trail begins to cross a steep side slope here for 0.5 mile to the end of the trail at Upper Twin Lake.  Visitors can return the same way (7.8 miles total) or make a loop by turning right (north) onto Twin Lakes Trail #495 and travelling 1.6 miles to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000.  Turn right (north) onto #2000 and travel 2 miles back to the Barlow Pass Sno-Park Trailhead.

Link to Trail Description & Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Open Season: June
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Barlow Pass trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Hood River Ranger District

General Information


(North access via the Pacific Crest Trail):

From Portland, OR - travel approximately 31 miles east of Sandy on US Hwy 26 to the intersection with Oregon Hwy 35.  Turn north onto Oregon Hwy 35 and travel 2.6 miles to Barlow Pass Sno-Park (Forest Road 3531 – approximately 250’ east of milepost 60).  Take the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 south 1.5 miles to the north end of the trail.  

(South access via the Pacific Crest Trail)

From Portland, OR - follow US Hwy 26 approximately 35 miles from Sandy to Frog Lake Sno-Park at Wapinitia Pass (approximately 300’ south of milepost 62). Take the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 northeast 1.5 miles to Twin Lakes Trail #495.  Turn right onto trail #495 and travel 1.5 miles past Lower Twin Lakes to the south end of trail #482.  



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  Area/Length : 
2.4 miles

  Elevation : 
4150' - 4500'


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