Cast Creek Trail to Cast Lake is a 9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rhododendron, OR that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is accessible from March until September.
Directions from Sandy: Travel east on Highway 26 to Zigzag. Turn left (north) at the Zigzag store onto Lolo Pass Road, following it four miles to East Mountain Drive, located on the right side of the road. Follow East Mtn Dr. for 0.6 miles. The trailhead for the Zigzag Mountain Trail #775 is on the left (northeast) side of the road with limited parking available. Follow this trail to Cast Lake Trail.
we started our hike at the hoarse camp. And ended the hike at Cast lake for the night...The view changes alot as you hike the distance. Maps say its about 5 miles, but VERY incorrect!!! its actually 7.6 miles. Its 90% up hill all the way there with some very steep climbs as well. It will defently test your desire to get to the top. Once your at the top, the views of the mountains are amazing...from there is a 30 minute hike to the lake
Great hike, not too difficult. I wasn't sure where the trail started its down a ways from where you park.
Mileage is definitely around the 10 mark for length. There was too much snow to even get to the peak destination unfortunately. I did get a good view of Mt Hood and Mt Adams though!
The scenery changes, and it's neat to see how much sunlight affects the types of plants and organisms!
The lake is actually 7 miles away from where you park. Also the rest ad is treacherous. Especially if you have to pass someone along it. Nerves and buns of steel for this hike/drive!
The mileage listed here isn't correct - the trail from Riley Horse Camp to Cast Lake is about 7.6 miles one way. The trail has a nice flat surface as it is also a horse trail. We hiked up Horseshoe Ridge Trail, camped at Cast Lake and hiked down Cast Creek Trail. The view from the top of the Cast Creak Trail ridge is amazing with at least 4 mountain peaks viewable on clear day (Mt Rainer, Mt Adams, Mt Saint Helens, and Mt Hood). The Cast Creek Trail isn't too difficult and much shorter than Horseshoe. Cast Creek didn't have snow in early June, but there was snow around the lake in small patches, and large patches of deep snow if you hike up Horseshoe Ridge Trail from Cast Lake.