Pamelia Lake and Grizzly Peak

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Pamelia Lake and Grizzly Peak is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idanha, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,752 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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lake

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blowdown

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Fun hike! Pretty views, beautiful old growth forest. Last 1.5 miles you may need snowshoes but could get away without them. Mount Jefferson is in all his snowy glory.

fee
snow
1 month ago

A wonderful day hike! The first two miles to the lake was a good warm up with gentle elevation gain. There was just a dusting of snow at the lake. Then as we climbed Grizzly Peak the snow increased dramatically and we put on snowshoes halfway up. For most in the party it was the first time snowshoeing and although the ascent was somewhat steep it proved very manageable. Overall a wonderful route and I can’t wait to do it in the summer. Please keep in mind that starting this year (2020) permits are required for this area between Memorial Day and November and must be obtained ahead of time online or at the ranger station day-of, which is more risky.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked up to Grizzly Peak with a small group + 4 dogs on leash yesterday. It was drizzly/rainy for most of our hike, so we missed out on views, but still enjoyed the gorgeous scenery of the area. The trail appears to have been recently cleared, as there was only one small log across the trail. The first part to Pamelia Lake is fairly flat/easy, then the turn up to Grizzly Peak is well marked, and quickly gets steeper with switchbacks. Trekking poles were helpful but not 100% necessary. Make sure to get your NW Forest Pass + Pamela Lake permit ahead of time!

hiking
5 months ago

Backpacked into Pamelia Lake and camped there. Hiked to Grizzly Peak one day and Hunt’s Cove the next. Amazing views of Jefferson on the former and beautiful clear lakes on the latter. The rangers are on these trails and check permits. Reserve early because the weekends get booked up. Yes, it is a bother, but it’s nice to not be surrounded by a hundred other hikers and campers. As the sign at the trailhead reads, the permit system was put into place because the area was being “loved to death.” Hope to do the Shake Lake Loop next year.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! Loved the views of the creek on the way to the lake. We ran in to some ODF workers headed up the peak to clear the remaining dead trees. We lucked out and the clouds parted to reveal Mt. Jefferson. Ran into a ranger between the lake and trailhead checking permits.

What a boring trail.....would not recommend. So many better options in the area.

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Super beautiful and finished it off with a nice swim at the lake. Not too difficult if you’re in shape and the top is spectacular. Lots of butterflies! No rangers on a Friday.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
7 months ago

Limited entry area so have your pass printed and with you. There were rangers checking so don’t take this lightly. Trail is difficult but worth the view. At least one running stream for water refill.

hiking
7 months ago

5 star hike without doubt. The 2 miles from the parking lot to the lake are easy and doable for most people. the first section going up grizzly peak is a bit challenging and there are a handful of downed trees/overgrown areas. Stays fairly constant until you reach grizzly peak but the reward is pretty darn awesome. Fair warning, our recording from the parking lot and back clocked in at 11.8 miles total and we didnt take any significant detours. If you can wait for good weather to do this one I say its worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

Make sure you get your Limited Access permit (there were rangers checking!). From TH to lake, 2 miles, one hour. At intersection near lake, turn RT to go up steep but manageable Grizzly Peak, about 3 more miles, and about 2 hours. Overall time, 5.5-6 hours with just a bit over 10 miles. Unbelievable views up top! And don't forget to look down; you can see Pamelia Lake at the foot of Mt. Jefferson. Also a great view of Three Fingered Jack out to the right as you are approaching the summit. Bear grass was awesome!!

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Good view of Mt Jefferson. The permit system in this area is unfortunately a glimpse into what hiking in Oregon will be like next year. There are multiple signs warning of fines if you don't get a permit in advance.

hiking
7 months ago

As said before, get the permit beforehand. We did encounter rangers and had to show our permit. Also, if you don't have your northwest forest parking pass, you can't purchase a day pass at the trailhead. We walked past the Grizzly Peak turn to take a look at the lake and then returned to the trail, but still my Garmin reported 11.3 miles and 2,712 elevation gain. It took us 4 hours and 44 minutes to complete. Although the gain is a lot, it was distributed pretty evenly with the Grizzly Peak trail being slightly steeper than the first couple of miles. Rooster Rock and Iron Mountain climbs are still more extreme. This was a beautiful hike with the most amazing views of Mt Jefferson that I've seen. It was peaceful and lush through the forest too. I rarely rate a 5 star, but this one earned it! On June 30, 2019, there was about a 5-foot stretch of snow to walk across. Lots of butterflies and wildflowers along the way.

hiking
blowdown
snow
8 months ago

Rained a little. Absolutely stunning hike! The portion up to the lake is so lovely and very easy. Then the Grizzly portion gets more challenging with greater elevation. The low clouds meant that I did not get the view of Mt Jefferson I was hoping for but there was a great spot to look down at Pamelia Lake. Good workout. A few patches of snow still at the top, but they do not interfere with the trail. I’ll go again!

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

The first portion is through the forest, near the river and gently slopes upward until you reach the lake. The next leg is longer and steeper with many fallen trees obstructing the trail, some snow patches on trail near the top. The views are outstanding at the top and worth the 4-5 hour round trip journey.

hiking
8 months ago

This was great for a quick and easy backpack. The trail to Pamelia Lake is wide and easy. After setting up camp on the lake, we hiked to Grizzly Peak. The trail to Grizzly Peak has several downed trees, but none that were too difficult to pass. There were only two very small snow patches on the trail. Bear Grass and Rhododendrons are in bloom. Rodents chewed through my friend’s water bottle mouth piece in the evening at our camp and there was evidence of rodents in the car when we returned. Road to trailhead was fine for a Prius.

hiking
bugs
8 months ago

Permit required to visit this area, the rangers do not mess around! Gorgeous area. Such a great view of Jefferson. Started hitting patchy snow around 5200' ish but it was never very bad at all. No standing water on trail per last review. Forested and covered for 3/4 of the hike. Dusty and exposed on the last part of the hike. Bugs are irritating, lots of huge horseflies at the top. Bring bug spray! There were some downed trees to cross over as well. A few streams on the way up to Grizzly Peak if you need to filter for water.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful, warm, clear sunny day! Amazing view of Mount Jefferson. Lots of downed trees. The beginning of Grizzly Peak trail is under water(knee deep). I was able to jump from rock to rock to get past this section. I think if someone saw how much effort it took me to climb from rock to rock, they would’ve just walked straight through instead. There are also still patches of deep snow on the trail toward the top of Grizzly Peak, but micro spikes are not needed. Permit is required after memorial day.

hiking
9 months ago

Really fun hike. Easy trailhead to get to and awesome view of Jefferson but the last mile or so is still all snow so bring your micro spikes. 5/7/19

snowshoeing
Sun Jan 27 2019

1/26 No real snow until 4kft, snowshoes needed above 5k. Road to trailhead had a few inches of snow, no problem getting in. Not much scenery until ~4kft, but great views of Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack. Sisters and Hood visible on clear days.

Tue Nov 13 2018

Grizzly Peak is special. The view at the top is one of the best I’ve seen of Jefferson. You are so close. I did this trail on November 12th and did not need a permit as limited entry is Memorial Day to Oct 31. There was crunchy snow at the top, but it was not slippery. Some downed trees and it feels like you are climbing for a long time. So worth it though. It is mainly a spectacular view of Jefferson. It is NOT 360 degrees to include other peaks due to trees. You can see Jack and Sisters, but the views are just okay. If Jefferson is your target, this is your trail. Road is paved most of the way to trailhead and even gravel part is good.

hiking
Sun Sep 23 2018

Great hike. But most of the members of the group were stung by yellow jackets or wasp ground nest 10-15 minutes after leaving Pamela Lake. Beware!

hiking
Sat Jul 08 2017

Sweet views at the top. No snow as of 7/6/17

Wed Jun 07 2017

Great hike with not to bad of an incline. Thankfully someone in the past couple days had left footprints in the snow since the last 1100' of the trail are covered and would have been tough to find the top. Well worth the adventure for an amazing view of Mt Jefferson.

hiking
Sun Jan 03 2016

Trail is rough in spots, and large log has moved part of it. The main thing is take your time. Once you are near the top, the view is awesome! I have been there summer and fall, once in winter but clouds were too low to see much. Nice trail, a bit steep.

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