Bull of the Woods Trail

HARD 11 reviews
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Bull of the Woods Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estacada, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.3 miles
1551 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers

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.

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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 but easily passable. Lots of wildflowers in bloom. Mosquitos are definitely a consideration! Amazing view from the fire lookout - and a strong LTE cell signal if you're in the mood.

We stayed 2 nights at Pansy Lake. Trail 549 down to Pansy Lake was rough but fine. From the lookout, trails 558 and 551 down to 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?

Friday, June 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.

Friday, July 08, 2016

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

Sunday, June 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

Saturday, September 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.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015