Elk Lake Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews
#41 of 145 trails in

Elk Lake Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Elkhorn, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.2 miles
1,368 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

off road driving





wild flowers

3 months ago

I tried to get up to welcome lakes but didn’t feel
Like climbing over anymore logs on this day and a t storm was brewing. Still a nice hike, elk creek is beautiful and the burn areas are very interesting to look at

6 months ago

Came up here with the intention of getting as close to Elk Lake as my 4x4 could make it in the snow then hiking the rest of the way in. I literally got to the trailhead and had to park it. Still a good hike and a decent workout. Made it all the way into Elk Lake in about 1.5 hours. Vehicle tracks all the way up. The lake was sufficiently frozen over otherwise I would've tried to fish. The snow on the road was wet and pretty slippery. You won't need snowshoes unless it's new powder. Otherwise, I suggest bringing a pair of Yaktraks or low profile crampons. A little overkill but it was exhausting slipping every step. The views along the first 1.5 miles are pretty nice.

off road driving
10 months ago

The road wasn’t to bad there were some large pot holes. The road is long and you loose signal so make sure you remember the way you took. We went lake in the afternoon and came back at dark. We did a bonfire by the lake then headed back down.

off road driving
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

love this bumpy drive.

off road driving
Monday, January 24, 2011

This is one of my favorite drives to an absolutely beautiful mountain lake. The drive itself is rather easy, you do not need a 4x4 however you do need some ground clearance a pickup or SUV will work fine. Some people will take a pickup camper up to the lake where there is a campground but don't try it with a trailer!