Hand Lake Trail #3513


Beginning at Hand Lake Trailhead, Hand Lake Trail #3513 immediately enters the Mt. Washington Wilderness and heads northwest through an alpine mixed-conifer forest. The trail exits the Mt. Washington Wilderness just before coming out of the woods into a large meadow near Hand Lake and the historic Hand Lake Shelter. The trail continues north across the meadow, re-entering the dense woods and continuing along the west edge of Hand Lake. The trail hooks northwest and passes by and through old burnt forest over undulating terrain before ending at Deer Butte Trail #3508.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 8/2/18: Trail cleared of downed logs from Upper Trailhead to Scotty Way Junction.
Operational Hours: Access is dependent on McKenzie Highway (OR Hwy 242), which is closed in the winter. Check tripcheck.com for conditions.
Permit Info: Wilderness self-issue permit required
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Water: Requires treatment
Passes: A valid recreation pass may be used as a form of payment at Benson / Tenas Trailhead
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger Station

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6.6 miles

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  Elevation : 
5000 feet