Burnt Lake Trail

HARD 47 reviews
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Burnt Lake Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 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
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2208 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

lake

views

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

hiking
3 days ago

All around gorgeous and diverse trail.

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18 days ago

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.

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1 month ago

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
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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

backpacking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike with variety and excellent views of Mt.Hood just when you think you got to the top go a little further until you get to the true top of Zig Zag Mt. wild flowers and a large rocks at the top.

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2 months ago

Moderately difficult, well maintained trail. It had some challenging terrain because of snow the last .75 miles. The trail around the lake is hard to find because of snow. Great view of Mount Hood at the lake!

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Such a nice trail run! Not overly technical at all, great cruiser!

Snowy at the top1/2 mile on 5/24 so that's expected, but managed to reach the lake. Very pretty.