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Pamelia Lake Trail [CLOSED] is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idanha, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 784 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Forest Lake River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Closed
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Getting There

Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. In addition to a parking fee, a wilderness permit is required for day and overnight use. Bookings must be purchased in advance at recreation.gov or Detroit Ranger Station. Summer weekends book up months in advance, so plan ahead.

You need a Northwest Forest Pass to park here and passes are NOT available at the trailhead. You need a Limited Entry Area Permit just to hike in this area. The only place to get one is the Detroit Ranger Station just west of the town of Detroit. The passes are free, but they only give them out to around 20 groups per day.

To get here take Hwy 22 63 miles east of Salem/I-5. Turn left on Pamelia Road and keep right at all forks. You will hit the parking area in about 4 miles.

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Adrienne Keeney
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HikingGreat!

This trail is so pretty! It is really the perfect distance and elevation gain for anyone. It wasn't too crowded and the lake is gorgeous.

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Neal Chen
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Hiking

The trail is great. The trail is soft and bouncy. Easy to walk with family. The lake is quite disappointed. Barely see Mt Jefferson. Get both day pass and permit.

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James Sellers
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Hiking

Thousands of orange-and-black butterflies, especially near water (Pamelia Lake, Pamelia Creek, Milk Creek). A few wildflowers -- columbine, fireweed, monkey flower, paintbrush and penstemon -- especially near the Hunts Creek/PCT trails junction. Five downed logs, all easily traversed, across the trail between the Pamelia/Hunts Creek junction and PCT junction north of the lake. A bit of early autumn color as one approaches the Milk Creek crossing of the PCT.

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sara amato
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Hiking

Had a permit to stay at the lake two nights and it was beautiful. Limited entry area meant no crowds. Hiked to Grizzly Peak one day for spectacular views. Also a nice view of Jefferson from the far side of the lake. Late enough in the season that bugs were no problem. Road to trailhead was graded and easy drive. This makes a great starter backpacking trip, as trail to lake is gentle and beautiful. Great family hike.

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Cindy Kenyon
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Carolina Pardo
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Hiking

Don’t forget your day permit

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HikingFee

The trail itself is great. The hike along the stream is nice. Lots of little waterfalls. Nice to walk under a canopy of trees on a hot day. It's an easy trail that the whole family can enjoy. The lake is less than average. A haven of bugs and mosquitoes. If going for the lake, it's not worth it. Everything else was great.

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chuck & lisa Alessi
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Hiking

This is an extremely excellent hiking trail in this area a highly recommended that the trail is very easy to walk on and right now it’s wide open no snow no mud lots of wildflowers it did turn out being 13.2 round-trip from the Trail head to Hunt Cove and back

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AllTrails User
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Hiking

Beautiful forest and river. Easy trail, was able to finish in a little over an hour.

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Jolene Siemsen
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful tree covered hike to the lake. Fresh mosquito hatch at the lakeside, but otherwise relatively bug free. Not too crowded. Nice shady hike with the dog.

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Jennifer Piol Freeman
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Hiking

Beautiful day for a hike. Very easy and very well maintained.

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Coleen Hanssen
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Aubrey Rogers III
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Nature tripsBlowdown

This is a great summer lake hike! Steady incline makes it a moderate-easy hike. Couple fallen trees on the path make for a fun shuffle over them ( make sure you are last in line so you can watch your friends go first and learn from their mistakes.) The lake is beautiful. Bring a hammock and a book and be in for a wonderful time!

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James Sellers
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HikingBlowdown

This is a magical trail, albeit with some winter blowdown across the trail, that requires a $6 permit (order on recreation.gov). On June 17 a few rhododendrons were just beginning to bloom. For a short dayhike, beyond the lake go on to Milk Creek with its fabulous Mt. Jefferson view (roundtrip 6 miles) or on to the Hunts Creek crossing (roundtrip 7 miles). The Hunts Creek trail has a fabulous trailside cascade a few minutes before reaching the creek crossing. Note that Hunts Creek is an unbridged crossing with fallen trees that serve the purpose.

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Isaac Sprague
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Backpacking

Lots of fallen trees but is passable. The trail says closed but it's not at least when we were there. We didn't get a permit because it wouldn't let us online due to Covid. Not sure if that means it's free game or what but we didn't get a ticket. Beautiful lake view. If you hike up towards the PCT trail you can get a good view of Jefferson.

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Marianne Vydra
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HikingBlowdown

Hiked in Friday May 22 and out Sunday May 24. Get your permit before you go at recreation.gov Easy trail to navigate. Some snow on the way in - it was gone by Sunday. Rained a bit and pretty cold on Friday but then the front blew through and it was gorgeous. Some blow down on the way in. Some was removed by Sunday by a Good Samaritan we think. Some. The smaller ones. Day hiked as far as we could to the next lakes but ran into big blowdowns and snow. Ate lunch in the snowfield before the creek crossing and we all got a nice tan!! Don’t expect to sleep much as we think the geese are in mating season or something. Also we counted 7 mosquitoes so... they are on the way.

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Jason Roy
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BackpackingBlowdownOver grown

Did this trail on 5/8-5/10, 2020. I was really excited to see that the trail was open in the midst of the Covid pandemic! A fairly easy hike to the lake interrupted by a few gnarly blown-down tangles and some splotchy snow patches...no biggie... Once I arrived at the lake, I found that most of the established campsites were destroyed by blown-down or "roped-off" for rejuvenation, (some string on the ground and heavily weathered, laminated paper signs were kind of easy to miss). I eventually was able to find a decent site about 120' off of the lake, up the hill a bit. I think that Site 11 used to be close to it, but it was kind of hard to tell... Someone had built a small stone firepit at the site, so I took advantage of the massive amount of blown-down and was able to have a small but comfy fire every evening with relatively little effort. A wonderful 3 day, 2 night trip. Daytime temps in the 70s and it only dipped into the low 50s/high 40s at night; perfect May conditions in the Cascades! This was the site of my first backpacking trip, almost 35 years ago. It is every bit as serene and beautiful as I remember it. Highly recommended for beginners or those looking to get their kids excited about backpacking. The fishing on the lake is pretty good in the summer too :-)

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Caleb Goldsby
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HikingSnow

Some trees are still blocking this trail, but manageable. Beware if you take the Grizzley trail in hopes of getting better views of Mt. Jefferson. There is a water crossing to start out, but you can find your way around on rocks if you’re careful. Also, snow covers the trail after the switchbacks that start back east making it tough going without snowshoes.

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Pamela Garland
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Nature trips

Great Sunday hike. It's a very pretty trail. Lots of fallen trees to climb over/ under but we didn't mind. There were a few patches of snow on the trail, but nothing too crazy.

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Anna Bruning
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Hiking

The trailhead is currently closed, so make sure to not park at the trailhead and understand how to LNT if you need to use the bathroom - 200 ft from water and 200 feet from a trail, solid waste buried 6 inches in the ground. Don't litter toilet paper or other trash. I would rate this as easy if it was in the summer. The only thing that made it moderate was all the downed trees we had to climb over. There is still a small amount of snow in some spots. The trail itself doesn't bring you to a view of Mount Jefferson, but if you go on the Grizzly Peak trail around the corner, then you can get some views.

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Ron Elliott
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HikingSnow

We tried to do this hike on Monday, April 20, but about halfway there we lost the trail in the snow and had to turn back. We traversed back-and-forth from where we knew the trail was located but we weren’t able to pick it up again due to all the snow on the ground. The road is clear of trees now, you’re welcome, but there is snow just before you get to the bathrooms at the trail head and we had to park short of the parking area due to the snow.

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Alec Dyson
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HikingBlowdownIcyOff trailOver grownSnow

Lots of snow. Road to trailhead has fallen trees so you’ll have to hike about a mile to the trail head.

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John Murillo
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Hiking

There was a downed log a mile from the trailhead making the hike 2 miles longer. Snow at the beginning was 4-6 inches deep, not requiring snowshoes but as I got within half a mile of the lake I kept post-holing through deeper sections of snow. Beautiful old growth forest along the way.

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Melinda Martin
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HikingBlowdownSnow

What a day! Clear, blue, and 58 in Detroit. The trail was a little cooler due to being covered in snow. There is a downed tree across the road less than a mile from the TH. I walked to the TH and then up to the lake. Did not need snowshoes. Be careful walking near the lake...it's covered in snow but getting soft around the edges and hard to tell where the waterline is. #TakeAHike #OregonChallenge

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