Coyote Lake and Shale Lake via Pamelia Lake Trail and PCT

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Coyote Lake and Shale Lake via Pamelia Lake Trail and PCT is a 15.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idanha, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 15.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,828 feet Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips

bird watching




6 months ago

We just finished a wonderful two night backpacking trip with my family (including 13 year old son and 1 1/2 year old pup). We arrived at the Pamelia Lake Trailhead late in the day and spent the first night at campsite #9 at Pamelia Lake. To our surprise there were no mosquitos despite this shallow lake and what appeared to be a perfect breading ground! The chipmonks at Pamelia Lake are fearless and have scissor teeth that can cut through anything to get their prize. Beware! There were lots of ducks and geese and osprey hunting for fish on the lake. Day two we hiked up to Shale Lake. We expected to find creeks that crossed the trail to filter water but there weren't any. The trail is a gradual climb and it was fun and interesting to meet many PCT through-hikers along the way. Coyote Lake after about 6 miles was a welcome site for tired and thirsty eyes! My pup instantly flopped in the water and drank it up while cooling off her body. While stopping at the lake's edge, however, we were instantly attacked by mosquitos. We found a nice camping spot at Shale Lake with a beautiful view of Mt. Jefferson and its reflection in the water. We swam in the clear, refreshing lake water. The wildflower meadows were abundant and in bloom. The relentless mosquitos put a small damper on the experience but it was still amazing. We were able to have campfires both nights. We loved the Limited Entry Permit system that ensures no crowds and a gentle touch on this beautiful area.