Scout Lake Via Pacific Crest Trail is a 11.2 mile lightly 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 and walking and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length11.2 miElevation gain2,598 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Love this hike. You wil then begin hiking south experiencing breathtaking views till you reach the peak at Park view. You will watch Mt Jefferson get closer and closer. then if you look over Park Butte you can see all of Jefferson Park and all its small lakes.

There is lots of camping and parking here.

Drive in from HWY 46. right at the border of Mt Hood and Detroit Ranger District at the powerlines there is a road 4220. take that a few miles up till you get to Breitenbush Lake. One can also get there from the north (i.e. Portland) via Oregon Highway 224 to Estacada and continuing on US Forest Service Road 46 (paved) to 4220 (gravel, very bad condition).

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Damon Eggling
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Hiking

Nice hike, with some great scenery. But the forest service was closing the trail as we were leaving on 9/5 due to fire hazard.

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Stephen Bohach
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Hiking

Great trail with lots of variety. Road is a little rough. There is a fire raging today 9/5 and the forest service has shut down Jefferson Park.

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Jess Fischer
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Absolutely stunning hike with views along the entire trail (it is much better than hiking northbound on the PCT from the Whitewater Trailhead). Not a lot of people on the trail and it was a very windy day so we did not get a good read on how buggy it was. Wildflowers are still blooming and little patches of fall foliage are starting to peak through. Bring sunscreen as you will be hiking without much shade for a majority of the trail. BEWARE: the forest road up to the trailhead is TERRIBLE and you absolutely need a 4WD vehicle + some clearance. The last 0.6 miles to the trailhead are the worst. Also be sure to have a spare tire and/or patch kit if you're headed up this road.

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Alex Shurygin
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Rosy Marcelino-Macias
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HikingRocky

This hike was amazing - We stared at the Breitenbush Trail wow those last 6 miles are the worse but the last .2 miles can be scary . From the moment we set off there ere views every where , wild flowers still as beautiful and thru the entire trail there were no bugs at all . I am not sure if it’s the time of the year time of day (8/24/2020 we started at 7am) or what but this was the 1 st trail where we didn’t encounter any bugs/mosquitoes. We set out to do the 11 miles but needed up doing 17 because we hiked around Bays Lake, Rock Lake, Scout Lake, Russel Lake and Briettenbush Lake it was amazing . Will definitely be going back for an overnight trip .

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Kyle Pearson
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Sarah Heeney
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HikingBugsRocky

Gorgeous spot. As others said, worst mosquitos I have ever seen in my entire life. Stayed 2 nights and definitely left with upwards of 200 bites. Wait until it's colder, lol.

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Ashwin Datta
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jefferson park is a well-known classic and it did not disappoint. weather was perfect, PCT was in good shape and the park was beautiful, views were amazing. wildflowers were best on the descent into the park, i guess we are a couple weeks late for flowers in the park itself. we walked over to scout, bays and rock lakes. we found bays lake to be much warmer than expected so we were able to swim and go cliff jumping from the center island with a massive view of mt jefferson. overall an unforgettable experience. mosquitos were not as bad as expected and bring repellant. the bites are small and fade within 2-3 days, well worth it.

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Ronnie P.
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Great!!!

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Ayan Das
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OHV/Off-road drivingBugsGreat!Snow
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Cassie C
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HikingBugsSnow

Beautiful hike! (7/20) The mosquitos were truly horrendous, quite possibly the worst I’ve ever had. Bug spray was useless, and we ended up in long pants, long sleeve shirts, and head nets despite the 90 degree weather. But the day overall was gorgeous with a clear view of Hood, Helens, and then Jefferson. Some snow on the hike at the top but we were just fine in running shoes. Rocky road for the majority of 4220, probably wouldn’t take a sedan unless you don’t care about it. Made it just fine in my Outback.

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Joshua Hough
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Perfect amount of challenge to squeeze into just a few hours. Saw very few people. Mosquitoes in the park now are absolutely horrid.

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Bhaskar Ganguly
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HikingBugsIcyRocky

Did this trail on Saturday (July 18th) Drove down from Portland to reach around 9am (almost 3 hours drive). Last 6 miles are unpaved road... and final 2 miles are really rocky - place make sure you take a high clearance (from road) vehicle. Loved the hike - it was about 12miles round trip for us - deviating from the core path a bit. It has all the elements a good hike should have: 2 ascends, boulder walk, walking on snow/ice, a touch of climbing rocks (avoiding slippery snow), riding over fallen tree, a nice lake at the foot of a mighty hill... yep - all good! If one element I want to take out of the experience - that would be mosquitoes! Millions and millions of mosquitoes.... Please carry the best possible mosquito repellent and nets and take all precautions. I am not kidding. There are gorgeous views throughout - yet, even a few seconds stop will allow hundreds of mosquitoes to be all over you. Even slow pace walk will not shake them off. I do feel this trial should be set to “hard” rather than moderate. Many factors it has.

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Trevor Delaplain
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BackpackingBugs

Mosquitoes were the worst I’ve seen in a long time. Got eaten alive. There was still quite a bit of snow on the ridge but nothing too crazy.

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Dillon Crippen
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HikingRockySnow

Still some snow patches by the ridge and road to get in is in as worse shape as ever. But this remains the most scenic way to get into Jefferson Park. Mosquitos are obnoxious right now too so bring the bug spray

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Hank Costello
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Kevin Bailey
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HikingBugsRockySnow

Did a night hike and watched the sunrise on Park Ridge. Beautiful views from up there of Mt Jefferson & surrounding area! Pretty easy trail overall. Climbs were very gradual with a few exceptions. As we approached Park Ridge in the early morning hours before sunrise, there were some snowy spots that were much easier with micro spikes - could have made it without them, but they made it much easier. On the way down, after an hour or so of sunlight, the snow was all soft enough that they weren't necessary. Near the top the trail was easy to use - the AllTrails app was helpful for finding the trail again when we ended up on the wrong ridge coming down. The mosquitoes were the worst I've seen anywhere when I went. I didn't know that snow mosquitoes were a thing until this hike. They swarmed around us whenever we stopped in a snowy spot after the sunrise. For the road to the trail head, you definitely want high clearance 4WD for the last few miles.

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Sierra Nelson
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HikingBugsIcyRockySnow

This was by far the most challenging & rewarding hike I’ve done, yet. The views are breathtaking! It’s peaceful and you don’t run into very many hikers. It is still extremely snowy and I managed to get off course a few times through the snowy patches, so I’d suggest a GPS or download an All Trails map. The mosquitos were terrible, so bring bug spray. The road in (4220) is definitely difficult, but I managed it with my Acura RDX. Just drive slowly and carefully. I wouldn’t recommend a car attempting the road.

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