Hidden Lake Trail 779

Mount Hood, Oregon

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Make the 2-mile hike to the rhododendron-lined shore of Hidden Lake to camp and fish, or continue another 3 miles to a junction with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail 2000 (PCT). This trail is not particularly scenic but does have the advantage of going by a lake. The Hidden Lake Trail is often used as an access or return route for hikes along this part of the PCT. The route climbs as you leave the Hidden Lake Trailhead. In a few yards you will reach a picnic table and the wilderness registration box. Get your wilderness permit here before continuing your hike. The track makes three switchbacks, then climbs a bit more before flattening out. Look for a viewpoint to the right just before the route levels. The flat spot in the trail doesn’t last long as the trail soon climbs steeply again, making a couple more switchbacks. The grade moderates 1.1 miles from the trailhead. From here the course climbs gently through forest with a rhododendron understory, for another 0.9 mile, to the junction with the path to Hidden Lake.
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by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Make the 2-mile hike to the rhododendron-lined shore of Hidden Lake to camp and fish, or continue another 3 miles to a junction with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail 2000 (PCT). This trail is not particularly scenic but does have the advantage of going by a lake. The Hidden Lake Trail is often used as an access or return route for hikes along this part of the PCT.

The route climbs as you leave the Hidden Lake Trailhead. In a few yards you will reach a picnic table and the wilderness registration box. Get your wilderness permit here before continuing your hike. The track makes three switchbacks, then climbs a bit more before flattening out. Look for a viewpoint to the right just before the route levels. The flat spot in the trail doesn’t last long as the trail soon climbs steeply again, making a couple more switchbacks. The grade moderates 1.1 miles from the trailhead. From here the course climbs gently through forest with a rhododendron understory, for another 0.9 mile, to the junction with the path to Hidden Lake.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Hood
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Mid-June through mid-October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: USDA Forest Service, Zigzag Ranger District, 70220 East Highway 26, Zigzag, OR 97049; (503) 622-3191; www.fs.fed.us/r6/mthood.
Local Maps: USGS Mount Hood South and Government Camp 71/2-min. quads
Driving Directions: Directions to Hidden Lake Trail 779

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