Pamelia Lake Trail #3439

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

  • Central Cascades Wilderness Permits are required for both day use and overnight use of the Pamelia Lake trailhead. 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.
  • 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

Permit Info: Central Cascades Wilderness Permits are required between June 15 and October 15 for both day and overnight use at Pamelia Lake trailhead. Check out for more information or call 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.
Passes: A valid recreation pass may be used as a form of fee payment.
Information Center: Detroit Ranger District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342

General Information


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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate


Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Horse Riding

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy

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  Area/Length : 
2.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
3100 feet - 3900 feet