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.

The Pamelia Limited Entry Area requires additional protection in an effort to preserve the natural beauty and wilderness experience; therefore a limited entry quota is in effect. Under this quota, 20 groups are permitted in the area each day, only three of which may be large groups with 9 to 12 people. For these large groups, the Pamelia area is broken into 3 smaller areas: Pamelia Lake, Hunts Cove, and Coyote/Shale Lakes. Only one large group is allowed in each of these areas at one time.

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

Know Before You Go

  • Limited Entry Area Permits are required for both day use and overnight use of the Pamelia Lake Trail. You must carry your Pamelia Limited Entry Area 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.
  • 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.
  • Camping within 250 feet of Pamelia Lake must be within a designated site.
  • Campfires are permitted in the area and must be at least 100 feet from any lake, stream or wet area.
  • Use of the Pamelia Trailhead requires a recreation pass, such as the Northwest Forest Pass, which must be purchased before arriving at the trailhead. Passes can be obtained at Detroit Ranger Station online (day passes only) or any of these vendors.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 6/18/2018: Trail cleared of downed logs
Permit Info: 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.
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.
Restroom: No
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass and Limited Entry Area Permit is required at Pamelia Lake Trailhead.
Information Center: Detroit Ranger District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342

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2.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
3100 feet - 3900 feet