Headwaters Trail #522


This trail is maintained for horse travel and it follows a nice, easy grade through a variety of forest land. It begins at the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (3,360’) north of Joe Graham Campground and ends at the Miller Trail #534 (3,420’) near Clackamas Campground. Hikers and horses can combine this trail with the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 for a 2.4 mile loop option. Please be aware that bikes are not allowed on the Pacific Crest Trail #2000, so bikes must be walked for 0.15 miles between Timothy Lake Trail #528 and Old 1916 Trail #537. A better option for cyclists is to continue west 0.8 miles on Miller Trail #534 to Skyline Road. Turn right onto Skyline Road and follow it back to the parking area.

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Open Season: undefined - undefined
Closest Towns: Sandy, OR

A valid Recreation Pass is required at Joe Graham/Pacific Crest Trailhead.

Information Center: Zig Zag Ranger District, Zig Zag Ranger Station

General Information


From Portland, OR - follow US Hwy 26 40.2 miles east of Sandy to Skyline Road (Forest Road 42). Turn right onto Skyline Road (Forest Road 42) and follow it for 8.2 miles to a pullout on the south side of the road. Visitors can park here or continue on Skyline Road approximately 100’ and turn left into the Joe Graham Campground and park in the day use area.

From the pullout, follow Skyline Road approximately 100’ to the trailhead for Headwaters Trail #522 and the Pacific Crest Trail #2000.

From Joe Graham Campground, take the Joe Graham Trail #524 from the east side of the campground 0.1 mile to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. Turn left (north) onto #2000 and follow it for 0.15 mile to the beginning of Headwaters Trail #522.



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  Area/Length : 
1.7 miles

  Elevation : 
3360' - 3500'


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