Hunts Creek Trail #3440 - Hunts Cove

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed
 

This trail lends itself to a loop hike from Pamelia Lake Trailhead and is one of the most popular backpacking trips in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness offering views of Mount Jefferson, panoramic views of the western Oregon Cascades and alpine lakes. The trail follows the Pamelia Lake Trail for the first 2.2 miles through an old-growth forest. After 2.2 miles, just before Pamelia Lake, you will reach the trail junction for Hunts Cove and the Pacific Crest Trail to the left. The trail then gains 2,200 foot in elevation going south to the Pacific Crest Trail. Further down the PCT, a junction leads back toward Pamelia Lake via Hunts Cove which completes the loop and takes you to Hank's and Hunt's Lakes within Hunt's Cove. 

Hunts Cove is in the Pamelia Limited Entry Area, within the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, which 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.

Know Before You Go

  • Limited Entry Area Permits are required for both day use and overnight use of the Pamelia Area. 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.
  • 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:

New for 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.

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 recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Weed Free Feed Required
Closest Towns: Detroit, Oregon
Water: Water from streams should be filtered.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Pamelia Lake Trailhead.
Information Center: Detroit Ranger District
44125 North Santiam Highway SE
Detroit, OR 97342
503-854-3366

General Information

Directions:

Access 1: Pamelia Lake Trailhead (fee site)

Access 2: From Detroit, Oregon, travel East on Highway 22 approximately 14 miles to Pamelia Creek Road (Forest Road 2246). Turn left onto Forest Road 2246, travel 5 miles to end of road.

Trailhead parking is on the left.


General Notes:

Map of Hunts Creek trail


Parking:

15 - 20 vehicles


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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
6.8 miles

  Elevation : 
4500 feet - 6000 feet

 



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