Badger Creek Trail

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain3,879ft
Trailhead Elevation5,224ft
Elevation Min/Max2522/5224ft
Elevation Start/End5224/5224ft

Badger Creek Trail

Badger Creek Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Hood River County and Wasco County, Oregon. It is within Mount Hood National Forest and Badger Creek Wilderness Area. It is 10.2 miles long and begins at 5,224 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,879 feet. This trail connects with the following: Gumjuwac Trail, West Fork Trail, Badger Lake Trail, Badger Creek Cutoff Trail and Post Camp Trail.

Badger Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This 24,000-acre wilderness, just east of OR 35 south of Hood River, provides outstanding views of its nationally famous neighbor, Mount Hood. But it’s not just Hood that is visible from the aptly named Lookout Mountain—on a clear day you are treated to vistas spanning a distance from Mount Rainier and Mount Adams in Washington south to the Three Sisters by Bend.

Badger Creek Wilderness was created by the Oregon Wilderness Act of 1984. This trail guide contains two trails ranging from 1.25 to 12 miles in length. Three major drainages lie in the wilderness—Badger, Little Badger, and Tygh Creeks. Badger Creek drains Badger Lake and is reputed to have good fishing for rainbow trout. Badger Lake holds both rainbow and brook trout and is stocked annually."

"A two- to three-day, round-trip backpack in the Badger Creek Wilderness. This 24,000-acre preserve isn’t big as far as wilderness areas go, but it is big on variety.

Here, hikers enjoy the flora and fauna characteristic of both sides of the Cascade Mountains, although the preserve rests on the east crest. Special attractions: Solitude; an abundance of bird and animal life, including wild turkeys and 46 species of butterflies."

Badger Creek Trail Reviews

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Badger Creek Wilderness Trail #458 from Gumjuwac Saddle to Badger Lake is an obstacle course. The winter storm left numerous trees across the trails. Trail #478 Badger Creek Trail looks like a war zone. Only people with great stamina should attempt this trail. It will take an Army to work on clearing the area from Badger Lake to trail #480. Don't know the condition after we took #480, which is also devestated.
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We started and Bonnie Crossing and went up to Badger Lake. It is a great trail! We did see a rattle snake on the tral but just waited and it went by. The wild flowers were great. It got a little muddy as you came into the lake area but it was a super trail. On the way back it seems like you will never reach the crossing but there are some great lunch sites by the creek. Our Scout troop will be doing this in June again.

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Trail Information

Mount Hood National Forest
Nearby City
Badger Creek Wilderness Area
Barlow Ranger District
Mount Hood National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Flag Point, Badger Lake
Local Maps

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Aug 2018