Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Badger Creek Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
icy
over grown
snow
13 days ago

There’s quite a good deal of elevation gain for a moderate trail! Especially the final ascent to Oval Lake. The pup and I got a great workout. Road in was in good shape, mostly paved and the gravel parts were easy passage in my regular 4-door Honda. Went to see Golden Larch trees turning color and was treated to a good show! A few stands along the trail and drive in, and plenty to see from the view up top if you go just beyond where this trail ends in all trails. As of 11/3/19 not much snow to navigate just patches, did it in regular hiking boots and was fine. If you continue onto the Divide Trail (after Oval Lake) to connect to other trails in the area expect more snow and ice, and the trail becomes way more overgrown. Worth the extra distance / climb / hazards for the views though! I’m glad I continued on. Wish I had more time as this connects to both Lookout Mountain and a fire tower (one each way at intersection of Divide Trail which is well marked).

hiking
snow
17 days ago

Top of lookout is closed, gated and locked in winter as well as the road to the lookout. Monday 10/28/19 15.10 miles with 3325ft elevation gain before sunrise to sunset. Hiked to Flag Point Lookout Tower Via High Prarie TH; smelly vaulted toilet at parking area, picnic area, room for 5 cars max, must have a NW Forrest Pass or America the beautiful pass or pay for a day pass in advance, Camp spots and extra parking nearby, if following Google maps it will take you to the wrong location. High prarie trail (lots of snow at higher elevations a foot maybe more, less in some areas, before lookout trail lots of foot traffic in snow, trail is in great condition. Wide easy trail). To Lookout Mountain (lots of snow to Lookout Mountain, patchy snow on top lookout mountain, trail is maybe 2.5 miles round trip. Easy trail if just going to lookout mountain). To Divide Trail #458 (steep, narrow, snowy, icy and rocky trail. I used my microspikes for this section just to be on the safe side. The trail is to your left coming down halfway from Lookout Mountain, to your right if going up. Sign for trail has been damaged. Squeaky trees. Overgrown in areas.). To Flag Point Road (snowy for the most part, would recommend 4x4 vehicles as the terrain is rocky as well with ruts if driving up that road.). To Flag Point Lookout (everything was closed up for the winter, but in the summer months it is open and there is a ranger on sight to show people around. You cannot go to the very top of lookout it is gated and locked. Vaulted bathroom is locked in winter as well as the gate at end of Flag Point Road is closed.). To Badger Creek Cutoff trail #477... Decided to do this one mid hike as I did not want to do divide in the afternoon. (Follow the most obvious path. My Gaia app said that there was a continuous trail after the badger creek sign down a ways but I could not find the route in all the big blow downs. Lots of big blow downs in this area, can easily loose your path if you don't have a map of the area. Steep, rocky, obstacles on trail, some ice and snow patches. Squeaky trees. Some narrow marshy areas. Overgrown in areas.) To Badger Creek Trail #479 (lots of big blow downs, squeaky trees. One log crossing creek, the other two have bridges. A camp area by creek? Other than that pretty mellow low elevation hike. Some snow patches. Overgrown in areas.). To Gumjuwac trail #480 (make sure you have a map, easy to loose trail. Steep, rock, narrow, icy and snowy in some areas. Creek crossings. Lots of big blow downs on trail. Camp spot close to FR 3550 on trail before the final push to the road next to a small creek. Overgrown in areas.). To Forrest Road 3550. Made a right when I went on the road. A sharp right puts you on the high Prarie loop trail. ( The road has several big blow downs. Icy and snowy parts. Icy cattle grade. Some good view camp spots. Rocky in areas. Road is steep, but a gradual climb and takes you right to High Prarie TH. Also great views of the area.). Hiked Solo. First car in the High Prarie TH when I arrived at 4:45am and only car in the lot when I got back to the TH at 5:30pm. Didn't see anyone on the trails, nor on the roads to trails.

hiking
fee
over grown
rocky
scramble
snow
17 days ago

Top of Fire lookout is closed, gated and locked in winter months as well as the road to the lookout. The lookout is open in the summer months. Monday 10/28/19 15.10 miles with 3325ft elevation gain before sunrise to sunset. Hiked to Flag Point Lookout Tower Via High Prarie TH; smelly vaulted toilet at parking area, picnic area, room for 5 cars max, must have a NW Forrest Pass or America the beautiful pass or pay for a day pass in advance, Camp spots and extra parking nearby, if following Google maps it will take you to the wrong location. High prarie trail (lots of snow at higher elevations a foot maybe more, less in some areas, before lookout trail lots of foot traffic in snow, trail is in great condition. Wide easy trail). To Lookout Mountain (lots of snow to Lookout Mountain, patchy snow on top lookout mountain, trail is maybe 2.5 miles round trip. Easy trail if just going to lookout mountain). To Divide Trail #458 (steep, narrow, snowy, icy and rocky trail. I used my microspikes for this section just to be on the safe side. The trail is to your left coming down halfway from Lookout Mountain, to your right if going up. Sign for trail has been damaged. Squeaky trees. Overgrown in areas.). To Flag Point Road (snowy for the most part, would recommend 4x4 vehicles as the terrain is rocky as well with ruts if driving up that road.). To Flag Point Lookout (everything was closed up for the winter, but in the summer months it is open and there is a ranger on sight to show people around. You cannot go to the very top of lookout it is gated and locked. Vaulted bathroom is locked in winter as well as the gate at end of Flag Point Road is closed.). To Badger Creek Cutoff trail #477... Decided to do this one mid hike as I did not want to do divide in the afternoon. (Follow the most obvious path. My Gaia app said that there was a continuous trail after the badger creek sign down a ways but I could not find the route in all the big blow downs. Lots of big blow downs in this area, can easily loose your path if you don't have a map of the area. Steep, rocky, obstacles on trail, some ice and snow patches. Squeaky trees. Some narrow marshy areas. Overgrown in areas.) To Badger Creek Trail #479 (lots of big blow downs, squeaky trees. One log crossing creek, the other two have bridges. A camp area by creek? Other than that pretty mellow low elevation hike. Some snow patches. Overgrown in areas.). To Gumjuwac trail #480 (make sure you have a map, easy to loose trail. Steep, rock, narrow, icy and snowy in some areas. Creek crossings. Lots of big blow downs on trail. Camp spot close to FR 3550 on trail before the final push to the road next to a small creek. Overgrown in areas.). To Forrest Road 3550. Made a right when I went on the road. A sharp right puts you on the high Prarie loop trail. ( The road has several big blow downs. Icy and snowy parts. Icy cattle grade. Some good view camp spots. Rocky in areas. Road is steep, but a gradual climb and takes you right to High Prarie TH. Also great views of the area.). Hiked Solo. First car in the High Prarie TH when I arrived at 4:45am and only car in the lot when I got back to the TH at 5:30pm. Didn't see anyone on the trails, nor on the roads to trails.

blowdown
fee
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
snow
17 days ago

Top of fire lookout is closed, gated and locked in winter months. The gate on the road to the fire lookout is also closed in the winter months. Fire lookout is open in the summer months. Monday 10/28/19 15.10 miles with 3325ft elevation gain before sunrise to sunset. Hiked to Flag Point Lookout Tower Via High Prarie TH; smelly vaulted toilet at parking area, picnic area, room for 5 cars max, must have a NW Forrest Pass or America the beautiful pass or pay for a day pass in advance, Camp spots and extra parking nearby, if following Google maps it will take you to the wrong location. High prarie trail (lots of snow at higher elevations a foot maybe more, less in some areas, before lookout trail lots of foot traffic in snow, trail is in great condition. Wide easy trail). To Lookout Mountain (lots of snow to Lookout Mountain, patchy snow on top lookout mountain, trail is maybe 2.5 miles round trip. Easy trail if just going to lookout mountain). To Divide Trail #458 (steep, narrow, snowy, icy and rocky trail. I used my microspikes for this section just to be on the safe side. The trail is to your left coming down halfway from Lookout Mountain, to your right if going up. Sign for trail has been damaged. Squeaky trees. Overgrown in areas.). To Flag Point Road (snowy for the most part, would recommend 4x4 vehicles as the terrain is rocky as well with ruts if driving up that road.). To Flag Point Lookout (everything was closed up for the winter, but in the summer months it is open and there is a ranger on sight to show people around. You cannot go to the very top of lookout it is gated and locked. Vaulted bathroom is locked in winter as well as the gate at end of Flag Point Road is closed.). To Badger Creek Cutoff trail #477... Decided to do this one mid hike as I did not want to do divide in the afternoon. (Follow the most obvious path. My Gaia app said that there was a continuous trail after the badger creek sign down a ways but I could not find the route in all the big blow downs. Lots of big blow downs in this area, can easily loose your path if you don't have a map of the area. Steep, rocky, obstacles on trail, some ice and snow patches. Squeaky trees. Some narrow marshy areas. Overgrown in areas.) To Badger Creek Trail #479 (lots of big blow downs, squeaky trees. One log crossing creek, the other two have bridges. A camp area by creek? Other than that pretty mellow low elevation hike. Some snow patches. Overgrown in areas.). To Gumjuwac trail #480 (make sure you have a map, easy to loose trail. Steep, rock, narrow, icy and snowy in some areas. Creek crossings. Lots of big blow downs on trail. Camp spot close to FR 3550 on trail before the final push to the road next to a small creek. Overgrown in areas.). To Forrest Road 3550. Made a right when I went on the road. A sharp right puts you on the high Prarie loop trail. ( The road has several big blow downs. Icy and snowy parts. Icy cattle grade. Some good view camp spots. Rocky in areas. Road is steep, but a gradual climb and takes you right to High Prarie TH. Also great views of the area.). Hiked Solo. First car in the High Prarie TH when I arrived at 4:45am and only car in the lot when I got back to the TH at 5:30pm. Didn't see anyone on the trails, nor on the roads to trails.

view at the top is great but trail 458 from gumjuwac 480 has lots of fallen trees and overgrowth

Definitely 7 miles...of dirt road. The flagpoint watchtower is awesome though, and the FS guy was really nice, he let me and my dog come hang out in the tower and enjoy the views.

Flag Point Lookout with extra places for extra Uber views. Magnificence.

Nice trail with epic detours with epic views.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice dog friendly trail along the creek across a few bridges. Turned right and the end and headed up to Lookout Mtn via the Divide Trail. Steep in sections but the view is spectacular.

hiking
blowdown
4 months ago

Great Hike for Dogs and their Hoomans. No snow on trail today.

easy hike until you hit patches of deep, soft snow. should clear up soon. no cell phone signal until I reached the top, then I received a text. ugh. was not expecting that.. beautiful view at the top if you look past all the man made structures.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Definitely going back once snow melts completely. Got a little deep and slushy for 3 little kids.

hiking
5 months ago

Lots of waste Deep snow and trees on path. Didn’t make it very far before there was too much snow.

hiking
snow
6 months ago

Like the previous review said this is not a trail so much as a road you hike to the lookout. That being said it was super easy to follow and was relatively snow free until the last 1.5 miles of road. The lookout was locked up and you could only climb to just before the building level. It is a steady climb to the top as expected for a lookout hike. The roads up to the hike were all great and no problem for any vehicle, mostly blacktop the whole way!!

There are many ways to hike to Lookout Mountain. I picked this route as it was not as short as the shortest route (under 3 miles) but not as long or as much elevation as other routes. I think this ended up being a little over 7 miles when we were done. The views along the trail are great with a close-up view of Mt. Hood as the reward at the end. I read and was told there are several other peaks to the east that you can see from the top but it was a hazy day so we weren't able to see them. It was still well worth it and I'd definitely do this again. We ran into about 7 people at the summit but otherwise we didn't see anyone else on the trail. We were hiking mid-week in late October. Road: I was surprised to find the road paved up til we hit NF-200. I'm not much of an off road driver and seeing all the rocks at the start of NF-200 almost made me turn back and do another route from the paved roads. We decided to go for it and all the while I was driving I was hoping I wouldn't have to backtrack as there was no way I could have turned around and I wouldn't want to have backed down the road. It was mostly big rocks, but the sides of the road were not steep and driving slow we made it just fine. Driving on the way out was really fun as we knew what to expect. When you do get to the trailhead, you'll see a parking area (just sort of a pullout) on your right. Head up the trail to the right from the parking area.

hiking
Wed Aug 29 2018

Hiked this route in August, it is a dirt road and not an actual trail, but it was really beautiful all the same. 3 mile uphill gentle grade to the lookout at the end. There is a spring on the way and we saw deer tracks. Its very remote and we only saw one bow hunter on our way up. The lookout was the best part and was unmanned while we were there so the top level was locked. We walked up to the 2nd level and you could still see 360 views. Saw Mt Jefferson, Mt Hood and the tip of Mt Adams as well as all the way in to eastern Oregon. Want to plan a time to go back when it is manned to get a tour. Saw lots of butterflies, and some chipmunks. Part way the road intersects with the Divide Trail and two other trails but they are difficult. Beautiful views coming down the mountain on the way back to Portland as well.

walking
Tue Jul 10 2018

Nice walk to the lookout tower. No snow when I went, easy to follow and the views at the end are amazing. Check it out some time for sure!

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