Pamelia Lake

Detroit, Oregon

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This singletrack route travels through a magnificent old-growth forest to the shores of Pamelia Lake. Take a step back in time when you run on this gorgeous singletrack trail through towering old-growth trees. Mossy-coated logs, wild rhododendrons, and picturesque Pamelia Creek are added bonuses to this near-perfect-10 trail—the only drawbacks are its popularity and having to deal with the hassle of getting a permit. After 2.2 miles you’ll arrive at the inviting shores of Pamelia Lake. If you run this trail in the fall, you’ll find more solitude and you’ll get to enjoy the brilliant end-of-season colors. If you are in for a longer route, you may want to continue another 4 miles past Pamelia Lake on a steep uphill trek to scenic Hunts Cove, or you can continue 3 miles past the lake on a grueling climb to the summit of Grizzly Peak.
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by Lizann Dunegan (Falcon Guides)

This singletrack route travels through a magnificent old-growth forest to the shores of Pamelia Lake. Take a step back in time when you run on this gorgeous singletrack trail through towering old-growth trees. Mossy-coated logs, wild rhododendrons, and picturesque Pamelia Creek are added bonuses to this near-perfect-10 trail—the only drawbacks are its popularity and having to deal with the hassle of getting a permit.

After 2.2 miles you’ll arrive at the inviting shores of Pamelia Lake. If you run this trail in the fall, you’ll find more solitude and you’ll get to enjoy the brilliant end-of-season colors. If you are in for a longer route, you may want to continue another 4 miles past Pamelia Lake on a steep uphill trek to scenic Hunts Cove, or you can continue 3 miles past the lake on a grueling climb to the summit of Grizzly Peak.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: Detroit
Distance: 4.4
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 50 minutes to 1 hour
Season: May through November
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Detroit Ranger District
Local Maps: DeLorme: Oregon Atlas & Gazetteer; USGS Mount Jefferson; Green Trails Mount Jefferson
Driving Directions: Directions to Pamelia Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

7/29/2008
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We made this a 6.6-mile roundtrip hike, enjoying being in a wilderness area (a permit is required from Detroit Ranger Station), the beauty of the lake, the great shaded trail, a few wild lilies and other flowers, two creeks and a view of Mt. Jefferson. From the lake, we took the Hunts Cr. trail left to the Pacific Crest Trail, then left, for a total of 1.1 mile one-way beyond the lake to Milk Creek and a great view of Jefferson. Had we been there 3 weeks earlier (we were there July 25, 2008), the USFS ranger said the hundreds of wild rhody bushes would have been in bloom.


6/30/2007
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Spectacular! Took Pamelia Creek Trail to Hunts Cove Trail up to Hunt's and Hank's Lakes. Snow still melting off in shady areaa with Spring growth pushing thru it. Flowers everywhere. Trail to Pamelia has been redone and is simple to follow. After Pamelia, as you head out the top end of the lake going up, the trail abruptly ends at the creek. Continue up the creek cross country until you get to large crossable log. Go over. Turn right back down creek. Trail comes and goes for 5 -10 minutes. You will hit the main trail again. Turn left and head on up! Typical mosquitoes for this time a year around lakes. Fabulous!


7/26/2006
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A very easy hike. Trail is well-maintained. The lake area is somewhat overcamped, so some areas are cordoned off with "keep out" string to allow recovery. Lake is quite pretty, but for a view of Mt. Jefferson, you really have to climb up Grizzly Peak, since it only peaks over the hill at the lake. No real problem with bugs when I was there.



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