Pansy Lake Trail 551

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain1,284ft
Trailhead Elevation3,557ft
Elevation Min/Max3557/4651ft
Elevation Start/End3557/3557ft

Pansy Lake Trail 551

Pansy Lake Trail #551 is a hiking trail in Marion County and Clackamas County, Oregon. It is within Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area and Mount Hood National Forest. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 3,557 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,284 feet. This trail connects with the following: Dickey Lake Trail #549 and National Forest Development Road 6341.

Pansy Lake Trail #551 Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Bull of the Woods Wilderness protects a lovely subalpine landscape of small lakes, rolling forests, and rugged peaks and ridges far from the more famous hiking areas around Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, or the Columbia River Gorge. Although not as spectacularly scenic as those better-known areas, this wilderness offers plenty of beauty, fine lakes for swimming and fishing, and a good chance for solitude. This trip takes you into the heart of this remote preserve and provides an excellent sampling of everything the wilderness has to offer."

"A short day hike in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness through old-growth Douglas-fir forest to a lake set in a deep glacial basin. The hike: The Pansy Lake Trail plunges right into old-growth Douglas-fir forest; a welcome relief from the miles of clearcut timber along the access road. A gradual climb through cathedral-like forest leads to a trail junction. Stay right (south) on the marked trail to Pansy Lake.

A short distance later, turn right again and walk a few dozen yards to the shore of Pansy Lake. The lake is small and shallow, but the setting is impressive. Pansy Lake basin is a nearly perfect semicircle of steep bluffs and cliffs with a classic glacial cirque. Looking at the flourishing forest, it’s hard to imagine a huge mass of ice filling the cirque and grinding away at the mountainsides. Look closely on the return hike, however, and you may see how the valley below the lake has the characteristic U-shape of a glacial canyon. Permit required for day and overnight hikes; self-issue at trailhead."

"Highlights include vistas of the glacier-carved peaks and valleys of the Bull of the Woods Wilderness, with interesting ecology and great views of Mts. Hood and Jefferson. Mostly easy gravel roads. Slow and winding."

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Trail Information

Mount Hood National Forest
Nearby City
Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Estacada-Clackamas Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Bull of the Woods; Mount Hood National Forest
Local Maps

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Nov 2018