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Hidden Lake Trail [CLOSED] is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Government Camp, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.4 mi Elevation gain 2,765 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Lake Views Wild flowers Bugs Closed
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Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information.

Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842

Directions from Rhododendron: Follow Hwy. 26 east for five miles. Turn left onto Rd. 2639 (Kiwanis Club Road) The trail begins just past Kiwanis Camp entrance in a wide parking area on the left.

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Andrew Osborn
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good workout, few people, no lake. but do yourself a favor and hit a right at the PCT and you’ll get an amazing view of the mountain just .3 miles away. makes it all worth it. runkeeper said this was 9.9 miles total, and the final mile before the top is brutal so be prepared for a challenge.

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Ingrid Carlsen
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Beautiful trail. We started from Timberline on the PCT, then took the hidden lake trail. It was steep and we saw people coming up from the other end. They said the lake was just a marshy area. We were walking dogs and they seemed to like it.

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Andrea Brouillette
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Yes, this is a tough trail to find. And no, your kids aren’t going to like it. But it is a great workout in a gorgeous forest. We went on a Saturday after camping on the road and we only saw six people until we hit the PCT. We missed the split in the forest where going on the right side would take us to Hidden Lake. We still enjoyed the adventure.

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Charles Duke
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Hidden Lake itself is nothing special, but the trail is top notch! It is steep in places and could be a bit much for kids or those who don't hike much. But if you're a seasoned hiker, I highly recommend taking this trail all the way to Timberline Lodge, stop in for a beer, then head back down for an epic 13 mile day.

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Narasimha Kumar
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Went up the Hidden Lake Trail to Pacific Crest Trail to Timberline Lodge and back (Parked at the HLT TH). Round trip is around ~14 miles., with about 3000' elevation gain The trail has not been in much use definitely and the undergrowth has covered the tracks in many places. At one spot, trees have fallen down, and navigating around it was a bit of a problem. There are a couple of stream crossings, where the water was around 6" deep. I was disappointed (not because I have to whack around the undergrowth to see where I am going!) as there was not much to see. The wildflowers and views of Mt Hood and Jefferson are from the Pacific Crest Trail! A better option is to go up to Timberline and do a 14-mile round trip (7 miles each way) on PCT. Both PCT and HCT have a ton of insects buzzing around -- wear a full sleeve tee and full pants to avoid insect bites! BTW if you park at Timberline, you don't have to the pay $5 USFS fee!

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Jonathan Bauman
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This hike is much better going all the way up to Timberline Lodge. That way you get a great view as a payoff. But it also becomes closer to a 10 or 11 mile hike, then.

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Matt Kinney
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I hike this trail at least 2 times a year. There is a nice resting viewpoint once you get through half of the switch backs. It is steep, but then levels out. I come up here to forage, not so much to go to the lake. I have been there a handful of times, but dont consider it to be the showcase of the hike. Very little foot traffic after October 15th.

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Misty Sloan
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My Family and I HATED this trail. The only positive was the exercise we got climbing to this place. If you are looking for exercise ONLY, than this is a great quick trail. Other than that avoid it! The lake at the end is more of a swamp and completely infested with mosquitoes. I had on thick repellent and I got stung like crazy. We couldn't get out of this place fast enough. (Oh, and the trail is listed as 8.2, but it is only 2 miles in and 2 miles out)

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Amber Ford
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Griffin Leigh
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Charmaine Skoubo
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Janet Ruzich
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Craig Switalla
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Tom Maday
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FC Glis
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Matthew Klein
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Nancy Zelick
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Bilbo Teabaggins
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carol halsey
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Jason Whittaker
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Anthony Bruno
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Anthony Bruno
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Ellen Summers
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Mark Knaust
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Mark Knaust
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Aislinn Ogles
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Aislinn Ogles
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Jason DeBaugh
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Rawkn’ Roller
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C Faz
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