Pacific Crest Trailhead at Big Lake

Pacific Crest Trailhead at Big Lake provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For trail conditions, check with the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
Permit Info: Long-distance PCT hikers and riders who have a Long-Distance Permit (500 miles or more) issued by the Pacific Crest Trail Association do not need Central Cascade Wilderness Permits. All other users of the PCT must obtain a Central Cascade Wilderness Permit, which are required for all overnight use and some day-use in the Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas from June 15 to October 15.
Restrictions: The trail is open to foot and horse (or other pack stock) travel only. Bicycles and motorized vehicles are not permitted. Wilderness regulations apply to all sections traversing designated wilderness areas.

General Information


From McKenzie Bridge, OR, drive east on Highway 126 about 24 miles to Highway 20.  Continue east on Highway 20 about 7 miles and turn right (south) on Forest Road 2690 (Hoodoo turnoff).  Drive about 3 miles south and take a left on Forest Road 810 heading east.  Pacific Crest Trailhead at Big Lake will be on your right (south).

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