Fanton Plaza Trail

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Fanton Plaza Trail is a 11 mile loop trail located near Estacada, Oregon that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2099 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

views

2 months ago

okay so im not really sure why this has you starting so far back in the middle of the road but if you drive up past 4613 and make the next right you can park at the widespot in the road before the two dead end roads break off. The trail goes both ways just a bit north of where you park So if you walk back the way you came up the road you will see the trail here easily. Also according to this you road hike most of the way back and i didnt like that so instead of doing it as a straight out and back i did a short road hike from old baldy till the turn of 4614 that meets up with fanton and then i got back on the fanton and hiked it back to the car. Much nicer hike this way i think. The trail itself was gorgeous. you will come upon a few open spots where you kind of have to find the trail but it really isnt very hard.

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

I am not sure this trail is labeled correctly. There is a trail labeled Fanton trail (#505) on the forest service website ( http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/mthood/recreation/hiking/?recid=52770&actid=50) and one labeled plaza trail (#783). I may be wrong but wanted to put that out there before someone heads to the wrong trail. And if you want to loop you need to take Old Baldy trail (#502) from Fanton trail for what looks like .6 miles and then turn onto what looks like Forest Service Road 4614 to complete the "loop." From what I can tell you never actually touch plaza trail if you complete this hike.

hiking
Thursday, April 07, 2016

Still snow in areas on the trail today and we were not able to make it to the the old Squaw Mt fire lookout due to the depth of snow but we were able to summit approx 1/4 mi away by bushwacking. First in this year obviously due to snow pack. Will definitely do this trail as the snow clears. The views from the top are amazing. Four major mountains in one view. Hood, St Helens, Adams and Ranier from the rock outcropping 1/4 mi North of the lookout.