Bull of the Woods, Mother Lodge, Pansy Lake, Dickey Lake Trail Loop

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Bull of the Woods, Mother Lodge, Pansy Lake, Dickey Lake Trail Loop is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Detroit, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,345 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

Directions from Estacada: Travel south on Hwy. 224 for 25.6 miles (approximately .50 mile past Ripplebrook Guard Station) and turn right onto Rd. 46. On Road 46 travel 3.5 miles south and turn right onto Rd. 63. On Road 63 travel 5.7 miles and turn right onto Road 6340. On Road 6340 travel 7.8 miles and you will come to a fork in the road (6340 and 6341). Stay to the left (which is still 6340) and follow it for approximately 1.5 miles until you come to the trailhead parking area at the end of the road. The trail takes off to the right of the road.

hiking
2 months ago

We had a great, dry day. About 4 miles down the trail we hit so many downed trees (near the creek) we could no longer locate the trail and had to turn back. I don’t know if I would categorize this as a ‘hard’ hike. There were a few steep, challenging parts, but the areas we did were moderate.

wonderful hike! breathtaking views at the lookout!! lots of down trees, especially between Pansy Lake and when the trail forks.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked 8/31/2019: Good views, most of the trail is well maintained, and the road was passable with care in my Corolla. We only saw seven other people on the trail - and this was Saturday of Labor Day weekend ! - though we encounter a few pitched tents at Pansy Lake.The Dickey Lake trail #549 has a *lot* of downed trees, and clearly has not been maintained in a few years. The rest of the hiking route is in good shape. There is a road washout about 7.5 miles from the trailhead that will be very hard for a Prius or other especially low-clearance vehicles. About 1/3 of a mile from the trailhead there are a half-dozen rutted spots that need a lot of care to navigate. There are some trees over 4' in diameter along the way. The huckleberries were peak, and exuberantly abundant and delicious on the east and south segments of the loop *burp* Conifers seen: Douglas-fir; red-cedar; yellow-cedar; western white pine; western and mountain hemlock; silver and noble firs. The spring along the BoW 'stick' segment was more of a seep, but with patience had some water. There were also still a few flowers in spots, but definitely modest in variety and abundance.

No one there but us! Great views. Huckleberries galore.

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over grown
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

If you start from the Bull of the Woods Lookout Tower trailhead, be prepared for rough roads to get there. It can be done in a small vehicle with a little technique. We did the hike to the lookout tower and then back to the trailhead on 7/6/19 and it was a relatively easy hike, something like 1,000 feet elevation gain. It was a little crowded at the lookout tower, but it was a Saturday after all. Great views and a nice hike. The trail is a little overgrown, but not bad, and only a couple of downed trees to climb over. Please keep your dogs on a leash, clean up your trash, stay on the path, and don't trample the vegetation!

hiking
Sat Oct 06 2018

great hike but definitely do the loop

hiking
Wed Aug 22 2018

Thought I was on the easy trail but completed this one nonetheless. A few logs to navigate over or under or around, which my Westie didn't appreciate, but the views at the end were a nice payoff. Also several worthy views along the way if you can't or don't want to complete the whole hike.

backpacking
Mon Aug 06 2018

Great hike, great views

Sat Jul 14 2018

Good legs workout to the tower, from pansy lake. A dozen or so trees across the trail. Bugs. Gorgeous view at the top.

Wed Aug 02 2017

Some overgrowth on the trail and less maintained, but not too bad. Went in early July and came across some snow, but nothing too terrible. Be prepared for lots of mosquitoes. Recommend bringing bug spray/deet to avoid the bites. Views from the top are worth everything, with Rainier, Adams, Hood and the sisters all visible.

hiking
Wed Jul 12 2017

This was NOT a hard trail. If anything, I'd say it was moderate with easy switchbacks that were not a challenge. The view from the top was amazing. One can see from Rainier to Mount Washington and Three Sisters. However, the mosquitoes were viscous and black flies were biting. Cover every bit of skin with deet because if you leave an opening, you will be a bug dinner. A head net is advised in the lower, wet meadow area where there is standing water and where snow melt has left wet trail breeding ground for bugs. Completed on June 10, 2017

backpacking
Sat Jul 01 2017

Did this trail as part of a trip this weekend. Road in was in excellent condition. Trail was in good shape - some overgrowth and trees down but easily passable. Lots of wildflowers in bloom. Mosquitos are definitely a consideration! Spend the time to hike up for the stunning view from the fire lookout. Strong LTE cell signal if you're in the mood. We stayed 2 lovely nights at Pansy Lake. Trail 549 down to Pansy Lake from 550 was rough but fine. Trails 558 and 551 between the lookout and Pansy Basin were in great shape. Off trail 554, trail 555 Dickey Creek Trail toward Big Slide Lake was totally snowed over - though that was by far the most snow we encountered. Where trail 557 cuts off from 554 and goes down to Welcome Lakes seemed to be abandoned subsequent to what looked like a forest fire from a few years back?

Fri Jun 16 2017

I did this hike about 3 years ago and it is one of my favorite hikes i've ever done. I highly recommend it. However don't forget the bug spray cause the mosquitoes were horrible.

hiking
Fri Jul 08 2016

excellent the trail was a wonderful trail with ups and downs but once at the top its all worth it

Sun Jun 26 2016

OK the drive to get there sucks then the trail is hella overgrown and trees fallen everywhere the trail is defiantly not maintained the only reward is the view at the top you can see Hood ,Jefferson , Three finger Jack and the Sisters it's kinda like the view from Larch Mt. summit just shorter and way less traveled

hiking
Tue Jun 24 2014

Fantastic hike up to the fire lookout with views of Mt St Helens, Rainier (faint), Adams, Hood, Jefferson, and the three sisters. One item you must have in your pack... insect repellent. The mosquitoes are everywhere. If you are a fan of views, this will make it on your list of favorites.

hiking
Sat Sep 07 2013

It's not the best-kept trail, and it's not the most friendly, but after going 3+miles "out" to the fire/lookout tower and camping out for a while, the "back" seems markedly more pleasant. I'll throw-in a couple pics, but google the exact phrase "Bull of the Woods Lookout Hike 550" to see some maps, some more pics, and some info. The image of the tower is from a guy named "bobcat" supplied that shot for the Portland Hikers site. The other shots are mine. The tower is a pretty amazing place to hike out to and lunch it up, or to spend the night. I did it on a rainy fall day--the vegetation was lush and the solitude wonderful.

hiking
Thu Dec 06 2012

Awesome backpacking trip with great camp sites by lakes! We made one wrong turn though since our map was old and went up a very difficult trail that had been closed for a while... Other than that, it was pretty moderate and VERY beautiful! We did the loop going to Pansy lake then to Twin lakes (camped there) then head to Welcome lake, thats where we took a wrong turn... (camped there) then finished the loop back past pansy lake. It was about 20 miles total.

hiking
5 months ago

recorded Recording - Aug 19, 3:14 PM

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recorded Bull Of The Woods

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