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Hidden Lake Trail - No. 779

Contact Info
Mt. Hood National Forest
70220 E. Hwy. 26
Zigzag, OR 97049

Phone:
503-622-3191
Basics
Length:
5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
5 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
3000 feet
Elevation Range:
3000 feet to 5800 feet
Elevation Change:
2800 feet
Season:
June to October

Description

This trail enters the 47,160 acre Mt Hood Wilderness Area that is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Hidden Lake itself is more of a pond but still a pleasant destination. A more demanding hike or equestrian ride could be made by combining Hidden Lake with a section of the Pacific Crest Trail and Paradise Park Trail which has its terminus only a ½ mile down the road from Hidden Lake. Hidden Lake Trail follows the forested ridge east of Zigzag Canyon, climbing almost 2800’ to reach the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail No. 2000 in 5 miles.

Regulations & Leave No Trace Information: ?? Wilderness Permits are required between May 15 and Oct 15, but are free and self-issuing at a permit box station on the trail. ?? Group size is limited to 12. Stock are counted in the group size. For example, 3 people each riding their own horse plus a spare horse in the group for packing would make a group of 7. ?? Unproccessed livestock feed is prohibited, preventing non-native plant spread. Leave No Trace Principles ?? Plan Ahead and Prepare Be Considerate of Other Visitors ?? Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Leave What You Find ?? Dispose of Waste Properly Minimize Campfire Impacts ?? Respect Wildlife Noxious weeds have taken a small hold in the Mt Hood Wilderness. To prevent from bringing non-native plants into the forest, clean your animal, trailer, truck and gear before leaving home. A few days before your trip, change your stock over to processed feed and only allow it to graze in weed free pasture.

Details

Length:
5 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
5 - 6 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
3000
Elevation Range:
3000 feet to 5800
Elevation Change:
2800
Season:
June to October

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Follow US 26 to 4.1 miles east of Rhododendron. Turn north onto Road 2639, marked by a sign indicating the Kiwanis Camp. Continue on Road 2639 for 2 miles to the trailhead just past Kiwanis Camp itself.


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