Pamelia Lake Trail #3439

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

This unique landscape encompasses crystal clear streams, lakes, wildflower meadows, and rugged mountain views. Pamelia Lake is one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. The trail meanders along the picturesque Pamelia Creek through old-growth rain forest-like Douglas fir, Western Hemlock and Western Red Cedar. From time to time, you will have excellent opportunities to enjoy the creek and its beautiful cascades and view remnants from the 2006 Milk Creek landslide.

Facilities at the trailhead include parking, bathrooms, picnic tables, and wilderness and interpretive information about the area.

Know Before You Go

  • In 2020, between May 22 and October 31, permits must be reserved through, printed, and carried with you on your trip.
  • Starting in 2021, Central Cascades Wilderness Permits are required for both day use and overnight use of the Pamelia Lake Trail. You must carry your permit with you on your trip.
  • Visitors must practice "Leave No Trace" skills, including properly disposing human and pet waste and packing and carrying out all trash.
  • Visitors should obtain a detailed map of the area before planning a trip, and inquire in advance about trail conditions, particularly early in the season.
  • Maximum group size for each small group permit is 8 people. Groups with 9-12 people must have a large group permit and camp in the designated zone for their permit.
  • Campfires are permitted in the area and must be at least 100 feet from any lake, stream or wet area and below 5700' elevation.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Between May 22-October 31, 2020, limited entry permits must be reserved through Starting in 2021, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.
Fees In 2020, all permits must be reserved through and carried with you on your trip between May 22 and October 31.  Parking: a valid recreation pass may be used as a form of fee payment or Central Cascades Wilderness Permit holders must leave a permit trailhead vehicle pass in vehicle. Starting in 2021, day and overnight visitors will require a: Central Cascades Wilderness Permit between Friday of Memorial Day weekend and the last Friday of September; reserve at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Permit Info: Limited Entry Permits are required for both overnight and day visits to Pamelia Lake, Grizzly Peak, Hunts Cove and Coyote/Shale Lakes areas. Reserve at or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Wilderness Regulations
Weed Free Feed Required
Closest Towns: Detroit, Oregon
Water: No potable water. Water from streams and lakes should be filtered or treated.
Restroom: No
Information Center: Detroit Ranger District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342

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2.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
3100 feet - 3900 feet