Henry Hagg Lake Trail is a 13.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gaston, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
One of the best mountain biking areas in the Portland Metro area. This trail offers varied terrain from steep hill climbs to quick sections of road biking to some technical terrain. You'll have views of Mt. Hood from several places and you can even take a swim in the lake on hot days. Be warned that in the rainy season these trails can become pretty muddy. If you have time and have brought your binoculars this is also a great place for bird watching with observation decks along the lakeshore for viewing. There are plenty of parking areas off the road around the lake. You can choose whichever one you'd like to start at and the trail is pretty easy to follow. The consensus is that the best direction to travel on bike is clockwise around the lake.
Good for walking, biking, trail running, etc. Many spots to duck down to the lake. A lot of people.
I ran around the entire lake - about 14.8 miles total. I did lose the track a few times, so maybe you could do it in 14.3 lol ... Some areas don't have signs, you also have to go on the street a few times, however, I did like how diverse the terrain is, meadows, trails, creek crossing and a large log to cross. Had a lot of fun! You get to see some awesome views of the lake a various vantage points. God is an amazing creator!!
This was a super boring hike. It was hard due to the distance, but there isn't much to look at.
not exactly sure how this received the hard rating. moderate Maybe. While riding around the lake is a fun adventure the current trails are in need of some maintenance and some of what's being done to them makes no sense. jumps have been put in on gravel paths. one very fast section of hard dry ground now also has gravel on it which simply serves to slow you down. it was an area that had virtually no erosion and the dirt was extremely hard. Other areas that are further inland receive very little maintenance. over the years I've tried to do what I can to help keep the trail system and check but this current group really doesn't seem to know how to build a bike trail
Hiked it on a Monday from Recreation Area C counter clockwise. It was a very pleasant hike in cool July, very little or no mud. There are lots of blackberries on the North half, which were a nice treat. During the week there is not a lot of trail traffic, so that is nice. The trail was very clean. Lots of places to gaze out at the lake, and hundreds of cuts available to lake or road, so you are never too far from a break. Cell coverage was ok with Verizon. Have a good hike!
Lost the trail a few times and it was pretty overgrown in several areas but other than that was a fantastic time. Wouldn't recommend as a casual ride, it's challenging by both the terrain and time in the saddle, you will sleep good after this ride.
We hiked the trail and found it very difficult to navigate. It wasn't strenuous, it was simply impossible to stay on the trail all the way around, as the trail was broken in many places due to overgrowth, and other sections of the trail were very muddy and torn up from mountain bikes.
Really amazingly great trail for single track riding. It has somewhat difficult portions (that you can always walk) but for the most part maintains a continuous flow. I was there on a weekday and rarely saw another soul, and only other mountain bikers to boot! Great views of the lake and a nice variety of foliage and trail features. My tires did get caught in a large indentation hidden under dry brush on one of the open areas exposed to the sun, which sent me flying. Those open areas are often downhill and beg to be ridden fast, so be weary. You can also skip sections by heading up to the road and then finding the next sign post for the trail if you don't like a particular area. Go on a weekday and go clockwise around the lake!
Great singletrack trail. As others had stated, there are some technical spots. If you've never ridden singletrack, this would not be a good first go round. Beautiful trail, excellent scenery. It was a hot sunny June day when I went, so there were a fair amount of boats in the water, so there's a little noise from them, but not obtrusive.
It was rainy while there, so slippery and sliding, great fun and challenge to stay up on te trail and not on our bums
great little ride around the lake. Still some mud on the ground and some of the wood bridges were slick. There is a fee to get to the lake.
Was OK except for the people who were 'flying' remote control seaplanes all the time. VERY noisy and irritating; ruined that portion of the hike. Otherwise, a very easy walk with no challenges. Spotted a couple of eagles' nests and saw a number of herons, geese, and ducks. Very quiet once you get past the main parking areas.
Fun trail if you know what you're doing. I would definitely not call this an easy trail. Begins with steep short up and downs. The trail was very rutted and rough. It wouldn't be so bad but the trail is narrow and near shallow but steep embankment that doesn't allow you to catch yourself. There were a couple of muddy spots that couldn't be ridden around. Rode for several minutes, got several bruises for my bike, hiked it up a very steep hill and then opted for the road. I'm sure this would be a hoot for a more experienced rider but not one for the beginning rider. Though, you can ride completely around the lake on the road. Long challenging, but doable, up hills with fun long downhills (on the road).
It's a great trip! The trail can be muddy in winter and crowded in summer. Early morning on weekends and midweek evenings are ideal.