Pamelia Lake Trail Area - Mt. Jefferson Wilderness


This unique landscape encompasses crystal clear streams, wildflower meadows, and rugged mountain views. This area sits on the western flank of Mt Jefferson (10,497 ft), and is a popular access route for climbers. Part of this trail area was burned in the 2006 Puzzle Fire. The fire changed the area dramatically and hazards remain.

The area contains a number of lakes, streams and springs. Hiking along the Hunts Creek trail and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail offers stunning views of the Cascade Crest and Mt Jefferson. Cross-country travel skills are necessary to access the high lakes and mountain peaks.

Backpacking, day hiking, mountaineering and horseback riding are the most common forms of recreation in the area during the short summer season, after

At the Pamelia Trailhead, located just off Highway 22 the Pamelia Lake Trail #3439 climbs approximately 800 feet in elevation, at which point it intersects the Hunts Creek Trail #3440 that then goes north and south. Both ends of the trail connect to the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, providing a popular 13.5-mile, day-long loop for hiking or riding. Stunning views of Mt Jefferson are offered from Grizzly Peak (5,799 ft); the location of a historic fire lookout that has since been removed. 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.

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

Know Before You Go

  • In 2020, limited entry permits are required between May 22 and October 31, 2020 and can be reserved through
  • Starting in 2021, Central Cascades Wilderness Permits are required for both day use and overnight use of the Pamelia Area.
  • Visitors must practice "Leave No Trace" skills, including properly disposing human and pet waste and packing and carrying out all trash.
  • 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: 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, a permit must be purchased from if you are visiting between May 22 and Oct. 31, 2020.  Starting in 2021, a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit will be required.  Although the permits are free there is a $6 processing fee at checkout.
Permit Info: In 2020, 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.
Closest Towns: Detroit, OR
Water: No potable (drinking) water
Information Center: Detroit Ranger District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342

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Map of Mt. Jefferson - Pamelia Lake Trail Area

map of Mt. Jefferson - Pamelia Lake trail area

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