Veda Lake Trail #673

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

View of Mt Hood from Veda Lake

Trail access is affected by recreational gate closure on Dec 1st – April 1st annually.  Please see our Roads Table for current information.
The Veda Lake trail is a short 1.2 miles to the Lake.  The trail climbs up from the trailhead, over the ridge, and then switchbacks down to the lake. The trail offers numerous viewpoints of the lake, Still Creek drainage and Mt. Hood.  Swimming, fishing, picnicking and camping are all enjoyed at the lake.

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 05/29/20: Trail open, but be alert for down limbs, debris, or winter damage as trail may not have been cleared. Sherar Burn Road (Forest Rd. 2613), leading to this trailhead, is a very primitive road. A high clearance vehicle is required.
Open Season: undefined - undefined
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR
Passes: A valid recreation pass not required at the trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Zig Zag Ranger District, Zig Zag Ranger Station

General Information


From Portland, OR - follow US Hwy 26 for 29.5 miles east of Sandy. Turn right (south) on Still Creek Campground Road (Forest Road 2650) and drive through the campground for 1.1 miles. Turn right at E Chimney Rock Road and continue 0.5 mile to a four way junction. Continue straight onto Sherar Burn Road (Forest Road 2613) and travel 3.6 miles to the parking lot on the right (north) side of the road. The trailhead is located on the north side of the road across from the Dry Fir Trail 674A.



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Day Hiking

The trail is on the opposite side of the road from the camp and climbs to the ridgetop (beautiful view of Mt. Hood) before descending into Veda Lake. The Veda Lake trail is a short 1.2 miles to the Lake. The trail climbs up from the trailhead, over the ridge and then switchbacks down to the lake.


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  Area/Length : 
1.2 miles

  Elevation : 
4300' - 4800'


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