Chinidere Mountain via Chinedere Cutoff Trail and PCT

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Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness

Chinidere Mountain via Chinedere Cutoff Trail and PCT is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hood River, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.9 miElevation gain1,069 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestLakeViewsWildflowers
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Please note that a road closure has been reported leading up to the lake (10/12/2020).

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Rhonda Leitner
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HikingBlowdown

1/16-Tree has fallen over road about half way up to lake. Would have been a beautiful day for one of my favorite hikes!!

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michael t
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On 11/3, Mt. Hood Ranger District said they were not aware of any closures on the road to Wahtum Lake. We passed on this hike last weekend based on the previous road closure comment.

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Erin Ferguson
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HikingFee

We didn’t find the trail, but we did have a nice walk looking for it, when we found the lake, we were thrilled. Did not see a single soul on the trail. Went on a week day in late October. Middle of no where, super cool road to get up there.

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m °
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HikingBlowdownBugsClosedFeeGreat!No shadeWashed out

Trail is closed along the lake. You can go around the other side of the lake to do this hike. The views are great. There is a spur viewpoint on the way up. It loops back to the main trail. This is an easy hike. Great for kids and grandparents!

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Lucy Wild
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HikingClosed

Road closed 3 miles before the lake.

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Ulli Braut
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09/05/20 trail was closed but we found another trail. The lake is great

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Hailun Zhu
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Ted Apostolacus
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Becky Hibbs
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This trail was AMAZING! The challenge was just what I was looking for Beautiful flowers and tons of butterflies. Views are spectacular from the 5 Mountain tops to the Lake below....make sure you go on a clear day to reward all the hard work you put in. I would rate this as moderate/difficult.

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Pera Phanichayakarn
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Rudy Guidry
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Beautiful hike! Had some confusing markings for the first portion of the loop, but thankful some other hikers helped us. Such a great payoff with an unbelievable view of the mountain peaks and Lake Wahtum!

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jon harris
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HikingGreat!

Perfect as a short sunset/sunrise hike if you're close. Lush forest setting on the approach and easy section to the top. Update 8/5. Hiked this for sunset with a couple friends. Thunderstorms were brewing in the distance with a cloud layer moving into the valley. In regards to the clouds and photography lighting, probably one of the best sunsets I've caught in a while.

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Kate Ketcham
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nice loop around the lake with a bonus premium 360 view at Chinefere peek

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Matt Greenwood
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Hiked up here to take photographs of the comet Neowise and had the best conversations I have had in months, with two separate groups of people.

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Jared Mitchell
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HikingBugs

A group of us were trying to access eagle creek and do the loop near the lake there, but was still closed off so we decided to hit this trail. This hike was a nice surprise because of the views and the workout you get from it. There is some elevation gain, but nothing too bad because of the distance of the hike. There was some bugs and mosquitoes, but otherwise everything was good. A little windy towards the top, but overall perfect sunny weather. We decided to keep up beyond the trail on PCT to get some miles in and then eventually came up through the loop around the lake. I would definitely recommend this trail for anyone and would suggest bringing a little lunch to enjoy the views of Mt Hood.

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Markus Norvick
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HikingBugs

7-3-20 Nice easy stroll around Whatum. Forgot how amazing the view is from Chinidere. Loads of people camping at Whatum for the holiday weekend. Bugs for a bit in some muddy sections of the PCT. Protect yoself.

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Katie Barlow
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the mosquitoes are out! but i used bug spray and it wasnt too bad. The trail is a little hard to follow. My best way of explaining it woulf be to start by heading down towards the lake. You'll know you are going the right way if you see stairs. Once at bottom of stairs I suggest going right, its a gradual incline and easy to follow. Once you are at the intersection to go either back down to the lake or to the peak its easy to follow. Going back down the other way is pretty steep. Again you'll know youre going the right way if you come accross a log jam over water. Its fun to cross but be careful with your doggos! Both of mine fell in. From there you just continue to veer left until you are back to the stairs! I did see a blocked off section that was mentioned below but its for a different trail! The view at the top was worth it! Enjoy!!

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Liz Schwartzkopf
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HikingBugsOver grown

Awesome hike! Some overgrowth and down branches that seem to be from winter storms. Pretty good shade most of the time. I recommend paying attention to the route it’d be easy to head down a campsite trail at the start or miss the trail up to the top. Most of the photos on here show the summit view of Mt. good but you can also see Rainier and St. Helens.

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Kate P
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Lots of hungry mosquitoes! Some sections of the trail have a closed sign and didn’t finish the trail. hiked on 6/25

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Katie Weed
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This is a great hike all around. Not too difficult for the payoff at the top but still a decent little workout. Good warm up hike for the summer season! Also a great trail for dogs. 10/10 recommend!

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Kara Freeman
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Amazing loop and easy to follow, although you do accidentally wander threw campsites, so be aware of that. For the views of the top and the beauty of the lake, it is such an easy payoff!

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Nora Apter
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HikingMuddyOff trailOver grownWashed out

This is a beautiful hike with an incredible view at the top. HOWEVER, the trail completed disappears on the return loop, making it a difficult return.

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