Whetstone Mountain Trail #3369

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

This trail climbs through old-growth stands up toward Whetstone Mountain from both ends and follows the ridgeline on which Whetstone Mountain resides. You can catch a glimpse of Mt. Hood near the top of this hike. Elevation gain is substantial from both ends and provides a moderate to difficult challenge.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 5/13/2022: Trail burnt over in Beachie Creek Fire. No site assessment possible due to safety hazards. Site hazards will be addressed in 2022 or 2023. See map of Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fire closure area.
Permit Info: Wilderness Self-Issue Permit required for both day use and overnight stays from June 15 through October 15. Free permits are self-issued at the trailhead.
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Gates and Mill City, Oregon
Water: No potable water. Water from streams should be filtered or treated.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Opal Creek (Gate) Trailhead.
Information Center: Detroit Ranger Station

General Information


Access from Opal Creek (Gate) Trailhead (Fee site)

General Notes:

Whetstone #3369 Trail Map

Click on the image below or here for a PDF trail map.

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Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Horse Riding

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Most Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
8.1 miles

  Elevation : 
1900 feet - 4500 feet