Cast Lake Loop

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Cast Lake Loop is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.7 miles
2395 feet

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Ascend using West Zigzag Mt. Trail #789, getting most of the elevation gain out of the way in the first couple of miles or so. As you connect with Zigzag Mt. Trail #775, (also called Horseshoe Trail through this section) go right. Eventually you will be will be strolling along one the ridges of Zigzag Mountain. This section of the hike is along open country and you will be relatively exposed. You should see occasional views of Lolo Pass Rd. down to your left, as well as Mt. Hood ahead. As Horseshoe trail and Zigzag Mt. Trail diverge, stay right to continue along Zigzag Mt. #775 for another 1.5 miles to Devil’s Tie Trail #767. Proceed north (left) on #767 to the Cast Lake Trail #796. Cast Lake Trail is a 1/2 mile spur to the lake. There are several well established campgrounds in the treeline above Cast Lake just before Cast Lake Creek. Do not camp on the shoreline or in the wetland areas adjacent to the lake. When leaving, return back to Devils Tie Trail #767 and descend south about 0.6 miles to Burnt Lake South Trail #772. This section is approximately 2.5 back to the trailhead. Have fun and remember to pack it out!

5 days ago

13 days ago

Has anyone done this Hike mid to end of Oct? Looking to go out for 1 night.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Nice little one nighter last weekend. Literally 3 miles up on the way in.

1 month ago

I did this as a day hike and it was awesome, but with a few setbacks. First of all, the last 4-5 miles to the trailhead is unpaved dirt road that gets pretty scary if you do not have a car with moderate clearance. We actually had to park a little over a mile away from the trailhead and walk the rest of the way.

I also think the mileage and elevation listed here is off. It was closer to 11-12 miles, not including our walk up from the car, and probably closer to 3,000 elevation gain.

We did the loop clockwise, and the first 3 miles is pretty steady straight up hill, no switchbacks. But there were AWESOME views of Hood and Adams at a couple of points.

Pretty lightly trafficked as well. We only saw 2 couples besides ourselves.

3 months ago

The hike to the lake was mostly uphill and there was a lot of mosquitoes along the way. We recommend going counter clockwise. The lake was beautiful, warm, and refreshing. We only saw a few campsites up at the lake, maybe 3-4 sites max. The trail from the lake back around the mountain was not maintained yet it was easy enough to follow. Long pants are recommended. The last 6 miles or so were all steep downhill. Tree coverage provides quite a bit of shade and there were less mosquitoes after the peak of the mountain. There were some amazing views of Mt. Hood. Overall, it was a good hike, we're glad we made it a two day adventure.

11 months ago

This is quick and dirty over-niter we did in August 2013. Good for a quick day hike or an overnight backpacking trip to a lake. Many trail connections in the area make longer multi day routes possible with creative planning.