Burnt Lake Trail

MODERATE 120 reviews
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Burnt Lake Trail is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,978 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

lake

views

bugs

Possible to take trail to Lost Creek Falls, 2.5 miles from trailhead for 5 miles round trip.

backpacking
2 days ago

Went Labor Day weekend. If we didn’t arrive early we would’ve been out of a camping spot! Was a moderate trail to burnt lake, but with my pack on, felt like a long time to get there :)

backpacking
16 days ago

By far my favorite hike up here. Easy terrain and fun walk around the lake before heading back down. And easy to get to by any car

hiking
18 days ago

This trail was easy to find, quite easy to hike, and you can even swim at the lake. There are some nice views of Hood, but I would recommend hiking other trails in the area if you're looking for more of an authentic Hood hike.

backpacking
21 days ago

I don't think this hike classifies as Hard. The first 2.5 miles were pretty easy. Most of the elevation gain comes within the last mile. The parking lot looked full when we showed up, but once at the lake we had no problem finding a spot to camp.

1 month ago

This was a moderate hike with a gradual ascend up to the lake. I was just up there yesterday and there are sooo many huckleberries along the trail. Too cloudy to see Mt. Hood but still a peaceful and beautiful lake.

2 months ago

The trail was fine, but there were so many horseflies thought it was impossible to enjoy it.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful shady hike through the forest. I loved the babbling of the creek through the first section. Even though the map makes it look like a partial loop it really is an out and back—the shortcut trail doesn’t exist that we could tell.

On a clear day this might be a 5 star hike. For us it was partly cloudy so Mt Hood was obscured, which made the lake at the end a little underwhelming. Also there were a ton of mosquitoes up there. Definitely recommend going on a blue sky day.

I’d rate this as moderate rather than hard—carried a baby up and did the whole thing in 3.5 hours including lunch up at the lake, and it was not too hard.

hiking
2 months ago

Started at the end of Road 27, up to the lake and a bit past then back. It was quite overgrown for around 50% of the trail and pretty buggy after 5pm. Pretty strenuous on the way back up from the lake but other than that it's gradually uphill. Choice views are limited.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike with Mt Hood Views. I started this hike at 8:45am on a Sunday and only saw a few backpackers on their way out on my way to the lake. The trail is well maintained and easy for the first 2/3. Site C has great views of Mt Hood, but I heard from some campers that the mosquitos are terrible right now. I passed many people on my way out and there were cars all along the road so go early to avoid crowds.

2 months ago

it starts out with even increases in elevation and gets steeper and steeper the farthest you go. the last mile is a bit tiring, but had nice views from time to time of the sea of trees surrounding the mountain. nice creeks going down the mountain with cold water. the hike is one hundred percent worth it. the lake is still, quiet, and clear. it reflects the Mt hood, the trees, and clouds in it's clear water. the path going around the lake is very thin in places and you will find yourself ducking through branches sometimes. but there are a few good viewpoints, one crag of rocks, another a fallen over log that you can sit on and gaze at Mt hood.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, quiet trail! Waterfalls & views all along the way! The view of Hood on the lake is a sight to see! Would absolutely do this hike again!!

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great trail for a smooth and forestry hike. We hiked just to the lake and thought the hike wasn’t that strenuous. There are a couple tricky streams to cross so definitely wear closed toed shoes. You also need a recreation pass before you go. We stopped at Zig Zag station. There is little parking, so get there early. The lake is gorgeous and the trees are very peaceful. Not highly trafficked so definitely a must do if you want peace in the outdoors!

hiking
3 months ago

A hidden gem! Not very much parking but it seems to not be travelled very often. Trail is a muddy in some places but no need for extra gear.

hiking
3 months ago

Not sure if anybody has done the same mistake. But wanted to make people aware. This trail continues on to the ZigZag mountain trail. We continued on it for some distance and then while returning followed the first marker that said 'Burnt Lake TrailHead' which ended up at the Burnt Lake South Trailhead. Thankfully there was a last car left there and we met some very kind people who dropped us to our car. But the whole experience was very panicking.

Btw, there was still snow on the mountain. Did not need crampons but waterproof shoes would be good.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked over the weekend 2h15 up 1h05 back down. This hike is 95% through forest with beautiful mountain views near the end and at the lake itself. No snow on the trail or road! Gravel road approach is comfortable -- made it easily in a sedan. I agree with earlier posters that this should most likely be rated moderate, but don't skimp out on the water. And make sure to bring your NW Forest Pass!

3 months ago

Road to the trail is paved all the way to the campground before it turns into a fairly nice gravel road. A few pot holes but nothing a low clearance vehicle can’t handle. Elevation gain is pretty gradual until you’re closer to the lake. You’re in the woods with no views except for one clearing and at the base of the lake, but when you can see the mountain its nothing short of breathtaking!

hiking
3 months ago

Getting to the parking area is likely the more challenging part of the hike, as google maps loses connection along the way. The trail and summit itself are beautiful, especially in the heat of summer. Burnt Lake offers awesome respite, since you can walk around the shallow areas in glacial waters. I would personally rate this trail as moderate, not difficult. For folks who hike a few times a year, it is quite easy.

hiking
3 months ago

Uphill the whole way with running streams and beautiful trees throughout. Wider trail earlier, becomes a little more narrow as you hike. The area around the lake still had a little snow and lots of trees covered the actual path around the lake. With a little gusto you can make it and sit atop some rocks and enjoy the sunshine and the view of the lake.

3 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful creek follows the trail. Easy to find. Harder on the way to the lake because of the slight incline, but the trail on the way back was quick. Kids did great too!

hiking
4 months ago

This was my first backpacking trip, able to do it solo and test out all my gear. Not too strenuous, very mild elevation gain. Still a decent amount of snow around the lake in mid May, some of the campsites were unusable.

hiking
5 months ago

One of my favorites

backpacking
9 months ago

Went on this trail in September. The weather was perfect for swimming in the lake. The trail was much shorter than we anticipated. The hike felt more moderate than strenuous. It’s Maybe 2-3 miles to the camp sites. But there is a trail you can follow that keeps going for awhile. The view of hood is gorgeous! Dogs allowed which I loved. No campfires so bring a jet boil/mini stove.

trail running
11 months ago

A bit snowy but beautiful run! I clocked 8.2 miles but ran around the lake. Well worth it! In just a few weeks I bet the fall colors will be in full swing!

backpacking
11 months ago

More like a moderate hike, in my opinion. More like 7 miles RT and about 1400-1600 ft elevation. It was a bit chilly at night, but conditions were otherwise great.

For a nice hike during the day, or a quick backpack trip (like we did), Burnt Lake is scenic, mystical and very very pretty. I was blown away by the teal colored moss that covers the trees on the way up, and by the serenity of the lake.

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

All around gorgeous and diverse trail.

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

One of my favorites - the road to the trailhead was in better condition than I've seen in the past. Views are unbelievable, but really buggy this year.

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Loved it. Don't forget to get a pass for parking just to be on the safe side. Lots of places on the way up for my dog to take a drink and a dip. Once we got to the lake the water was superb. Would do it again!

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Parking lot full Friday around noon, had to park down the road. Trail in good condition; just a few muddy spots and creek crossings, no biggie. First couple miles or so the grade is spread out and easy. Listen for a waterfall - a short side trail to the left leads down to it, nice place for a break. Last mile up is a little steeper. The description above is incorrect, it's more like 7 miles RT to and from the lake, and ~1500 feet gain.

The lake is great - more scenic than Mirror Lake imo and a little less crowded (still, it's a lot of ppl packed in a relatively small area). There's a rough & tumble access trail around the lake; kinda overgrown and not much to see. For great views of the water with Mt Hood in the background, you'll have to tromp through one of the probably-occupied campgrounds (or take a dip) on the far/west side of the lake. If you snag one of these good spots it's a 5-star destination; come early and/or on a weekday if possible.

If you continue up the trail to the top it's a 5-star view for sure, up on Zig Zag Mtn. That'll make it 2200+ ft gain & around 10 miles RT all together. More than worth it.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Nice hike deep woods, once arrive: views not top, lake so so
Will not go again,

backpacking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Overnight with a few friends and some fishing. Cute lake and great views. Just a little busy this time of year.

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