Pamelia Lake and Hunts Cove Loop

moderate 20 reviews

Pamelia Lake and Hunts Cove Loop is a 19.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Idanha, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 19.1 miles Elevation Gain: 3,474 feet Route Type: Loop

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This backpacking loop includes visits toPamelia Lake, Hunt's Creek, Hanks Lake, Hunts Lake, Hunts Cove and Shale Lake. A special access pass is required for this area and may be purchased at Recreation.gov. Please be aware that cougars are active in this area.

hiking
4 months ago

We did this hike about 4 weeks ago in 1 night. We started at Pamelia Lake TH, then jumped on Hunts Creeks for less than a mile, and then on to the PCT. The hike to Shale Lake was very easy, and had a little snow at that point. We made it to Shale Lake in about 3.5 hours, and took a nice break. We then continued around, and down to Hanks Lake for the night. This is a great 1 night hike packed with some great views.

backpacking
bridge out
4 months ago

First day in, we camped at Hanks lake. There are a couple creek crossings where trekking poles would have made them easy. Hunts cove was above the snow line, light snow flakes and no wind made this and amazing three day trip. It was well with finding the pacific crest trail even with fog. The shale lakes and cliffs are amazing. We camped at Pamela lake that night. Thought about grizzly peek on the third day but decided not to push our luck. Fantastic hike.

backpacking
6 months ago

One of my favorite 2-day backpacking trails. Nice and steady grade up the PCT. Scattered meadows, striking wildflowers, sweeping vistas. Steep downhill on Hunts Cove Trail and overgrown in areas. But whatever, we had the place to ourselves save for a few hustlers on the PCT.

hiking
6 months ago

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hiking
6 months ago

We started Sunday afternoon and ended Tuesday afternoon. it was a great hike. Beautiful weather and beautiful scenery.

hiking
bugs
7 months ago

Challenging but very rewarding. We did this as a 3-night backpacking trip in mid-July 2019. The trail is in very good condition. There are a couple of tricky creek crossings, but they are all shallow enough to take off your shoes and walk across if you don’t want to balance on a log. We stayed first two nights at Hunts Lake then hiked up to PCT and down to Pamelia lake where we stayed last night. Difficult to find good places to hang food at night. Hunts Lake was very buggy, seemed like gnats all hatched at once there, probably better later in the year. The shortcut up to PCT from Hanks Lake was challenging and not clear at some points, was glad to have GPS and the AllTrails map to help me do it. Caught fish at Pamelia, was also able to swim there.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike and great place to camp. I tried to go on from Pamelia to Hanks lake and had to turn back once I was about .25mi from it due to the trail being under a lot of snow - that was on 6/7/19.

hiking
8 months ago

This is an awesome hike! Plus it makes for a fantastic backpacking trip. Although I would wait on completing the loop until August. We attempted hiking out to shale lake to camp but were defeated by lots of snow. There is also a landslide that took out part of the pct and requires some tree hopping. So, we camped at Pamelia Lake and had a great time. It is a beautiful and peaceful area, and we will be back when the snow melts!

Having the time of my life. awesome 19 mi. hike. Backpacking and camping trip. 2019.

hiking
Thu Sep 13 2018

*** Be aware, there is a COUGAR active in this area. ***

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

backpacking
Mon Aug 27 2018

hiking
Thu Jul 05 2018