Elk Lake Creek Trail 559

Willamette National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain3,597ft
Trailhead Elevation3,717ft
Elevation Min/Max2419/3778ft
Elevation Start/End3717/3717ft

Elk Lake Creek Trail 559

Elk Lake Creek Trail #559 is a hiking and horse trail in Marion County and Clackamas County, Oregon. It is within Bull of the Woods Wilderness Area, Mount Hood National Forest, and Willamette National Forest. It is 8.4 miles long and begins at 3,717 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 16.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,597 feet. This trail connects with the following: National Forest Development Road 4697 and Mother Lode Trail #558.

Elk Lake Creek Trail #559 Professional Reviews and Guides

"Highlights include a challenging road, a lovely lake, and trailheads into one of Oregon’s most underrated wilderness areas. The Elk Lake Road is purposely kept to a low standard of maintenance to discourage overuse. Elk Lake otherwise might get a great deal of visitor spillover from the popular Detroit Lake resort area."

Elk Lake Creek Trail #559 Reviews

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As far as driving off road it's pretty weak, I made it all the way there in 2wl dr. I saw a Subaru Outback out there, along w/ an Enterprise rental car. I found quite a few lower spoilers & a few wheel opening mldgs on my trip. I really wish people wouldn't leave that stuff around. That being said, Elk lake & its campground are beautiful. When I was there, except for 3 parked cars on the road in. The campsite was empty & quiet. Even if theres people at the campsite it's big enough to be able to find your own space. You can bring boats but I believe they can only have an electric motor.If for some reason it is full you can backtrack & try to find Dunlop lake. Its a much smaller lake w/ free campsites. Overall it's really cool campsites you can get to in a Subaru.

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Trail Information

Willamette National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Hood National Forest
Willamette National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Mother Lode Mountain
Local Maps