Explore the most popular lake trails near Idanha with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 day ago

The creek has dried up so be sure to bring extra water for you and your furry friends! Beautiful hike but it was super hot making the trail dry and dusty today. Lots of good places to camp and so many additional trails and lakes to explore - will definitely be back again!

very family and pet friendly walk. great scenery and wildlife. The creek was outstanding beauty. Once at the lake we watched the osprey dive repeatingly from the air into the water and come up with a fish. Once in a lifetime moment. hour and a half walk each way.

This was a fairly easy trail alongside a creek that featured white water and mini waterfalls. The lake and mountain were stunning and I could not stop staring at the perfect reflection of the mountain in the water. This made for a great half-day hike.

Hiked to Scout Lake via Woodpecker trail/PCT. My first backpacking trip in Oregon! Most of the trail is burned but seeing the new vegetation pop up is pretty amazing. Lots of dead trees to climb over but it’s nothing too serious. Also you will get to a bend that says whitewater trail pointing to the left and you will see the PCT pointing to the right. The PCT has a pink ribbon that may seem like it is closed but take the PCT and it will get you to The lakes. There is a stream you have to cross and it’s best to cross early due to it having a heavy flow in the evening. I had a late start and crossed it around 7pm and it was very dangerous but I made it! I lost the path a little due to snow covering parts of the PCT but was able to find my way with a map! It’s beautiful right now but I’m sure it is even more gorgeous when everything is in bloom! Also the Gray Jays are super friendly! Really cute birds that come up to you and are not shy!

Road to trailhead is CLOSE. If you plan to hike this, look for alternative TH.

Did this trail and then took the PCT to Russell Lake. Until the whitewater trailhead, the trail is mostly through burned forest and both this trail and the PCT are not well maintained (lots of fallen trees to climb over/around). From whitewater trailhead to Russell Lake the trail opens into a tree covered meadow and is beautiful, though still covered in 3-5 feet of snow

Came via the Woodpecker Ridge trail further south on the PCT. Once we hit the whitewater trailhead, a consistent 3-5 feet of snow through Russell Lake. Lakes are mostly frozen but peeking out in parts. Still beautiful.

2 months ago

What a great hike ,,thanks to Nicole and kujo..I had a great trip with them ,,beautiful Oregon, ,

2 months ago

Good trail. Very family friendly. There is a gradual grade but nothing too crazy. Snow still dots the ground past the lake. Official camp sites seemed crowded.

2 months ago

went 4/22, still a decent amount of snow on the trail. Gaiters needed, but no snow shoes to reach the lake. some clearing to set up a tent on the shore.

Great for families and their first-time backpacking trips

As previously mentioned, FR 4220 is pretty treacherous even in a jeep, but completely doable.

We hiked this trail late October and of it weren't for some previous hikers footprints and the rock stacks, we would have lost the trail entirely in the snow fields. In some areas we would sink up to our hips in the deep snow. Fun!

It's mostly an uphill hike to reach Park Butte, with some flat areas near the base of your final climb, but totally
worth it. Make sure you use the apps trail route to keep yourself on course because it's easy to get lost in the snow and in the burn areas.

8 months ago

Hard to beat this hike through the wilderness forest. The first mile was clear; the upper portion had a fair bit of snow on it from this year's early snowfall. The lake was beautiful. And went beyond the lake to the PCT, as far as Moon Creek, which is right at the base of Mt. Jefferson--stunning!

I would absolutely not begin this via the ollallie lake trailhead on the PCT via FR 4220 as mentioned below. This road isn't even good for your car even if you have high clearance. The entry into Jefferson Park via that route is, however, quite epic, but you can also risk getting lost in the snow fields if you go to early in the season. So if that happens, hit up Pyramid Butte, because you'll never ever want to be on FR 4220 again so you may as well do it.

At the top of the ridge (Park Butte) you'll have an epic view of a good portion of the state of Oregon. Ollallie Butte, Mt Hood and Mt Adams to the north and a spectacular view of Jefferson to the south as well as the valley that carves southwest from Park Ridge.

The descent is also epic, and the enjoying the crystal clear lakes is also an experience.

11 months ago

Not a technical trail but very fun! All lakes have great camping options. Got to the trail head a bit late so spent the first night at Red Lake. Everyone says that the camping here isn't good but my friend and I enjoyed it very much. There is a great spot if you take the spur trail down to the lake and go right (SW) about 15-20 yards is a spot with a great fire pit that we improved and a view of the top of Mt. Jefferson that we were able to watch the colors of the sunset on. Once dark came we stayed up late listening to the frogs and the owls while enjoying the fire and our hammocks. Next day we hiked to Wall Lake and went swimming for a couple of hours. AMAZING WATER!!!! Turned left at the junction heading towards Lower Lake and Fish Lake and went to Gifford Lake. By far one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever been to and the swimming was to DIE FOR!!!!! Spent the night at Gifford under the full moon. Nice views overlooking Twin Peaks. We also bushwhacked around the lake and had lunch on top of the cliffs on the back side of the lake. You get a couple of Spots where you can see MT. Hood as well as another lake up there. From there made our way down to Lower Lake and stayed a night where the creek flows out of the lake and enjoyed the camp spot and found a few huckleberry bushes along the river that were ripe already, YUM!!! Swimming in Lower Lake was still nice and refreshing but a bit colder. All the lakes along the trail system did not have fish that I noticed except Lower Lake, which I saw some Brook Trout surfacing. The lake also has Crawdads and views of Ollalie Butte. Next time I do this trail I will try to hike up Twin Peaks and Potato Butte. All in all a splendid trail system with lots of options and not too many people.

Just cancelled plans for this trail due to USFS alert saying the trail is closed due to active fire.

Went on July 24th and it was beautiful. But I had to be escorted on an alternate route by firefighters due to a fire that took out a good portion of the trail. Last I checked the trail is still closed because of the fire.

11 months ago

Unsure of why exactly this trail is rated as difficult, the hike leading to Pamelia Lake specifically is pretty laid back. This was my first solo day-hike, maybe it's difficult with backpacking gear. Elevation gain is very minimal and spread nicely throughout the ~2.5 miles to the destination. Maybe I just went at a good time in the season. I did this beautiful hike 2 days ago after learning that the Whitewater trailhead to Jefferson was blocked off due to a fire. Evidence of that fire was definitely clear, I could smell smoke during the hike and I could see it like hazy fog over the lake/surrounding mountains. Pamelia lake is so relaxing, I didn't get the chance to do the Grizzly Peak or Hunt's Creek trailheads but I will definitely be back soon with my friends! Lots of butterflies.

What a beautiful place ! It's a steady incline most of the way to the lakes, but so worth it ! There were mosquitos but it was manageable . We will be back !

Such gorgeous views at Jefferson park! The trail is mostly melted out, but there's a bit of snow left that isn't hard to cross. However, the mosquitos came out in full force our second day there! For a day hike, we continued along the PCT and climbed up to a ridge with a gorgeous view of Mt. Hood. There was quite a bit more snow but we were able to navigate and cross easily. There is a glitch in the All Trails gps track for this trail on the way up to Jefferson Park. We ran into someone using Gaia Gpa who had the same issue, so the trail must have been rerouted or something. Before you hit the PCT the app will show you're off course, but you're not. Once you hit the PCT the All Trails app will line up again with the trail.

Mosquitos weren't bad last Sunday but things changed over night on Monday... bring bug spray! Beautiful views!

Hiked on 7/15. Can't beat these views, wow! Beautiful trail from start to finish. Only went to Scout Lake this time. Still a bit of snow around, but doesn't impact the trail up to that point too much. Also, after all the worry of mosquitoes, there happened to be NO BUGS! Lovely and breezy the whole time, not sure if we just lucked out on the day or what... we were kicking ourselves for not backpacking it. Will definitely be back!

Omg what an amazing hike! First time to Jefferson Park and it was incredible. Unbelievable views, still some snow, mountain lakes were superb.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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

Amazing July 3rd trip. Two days camping by Scout Lake. Above the creek crossing was covered in snow and completely obscured the trail. Followed tracks and met up with some other intrepid hikers to find our way to the lakes. Camping spots around the lakes were dry. Almost everything else was buried under feet of snow. Mid 70's during the day but would drop to around 34-36 degrees at night. Amazing early season trip for this area. Will go back later the the summer.

June 24-25, 2017

**lost my cell phone about 4.5-5 miles in from trailhead following the Whitewater trial. Lost it near the river/creek, again about 4.5-5 miles in. It is a black iPhone 5s and it's in a black and white purse phone case with a handle. If you find it, please turn into the Detroit ranger station. Thank you!"

I hiked this trail twice this weekend...as the second time I attempted to find my phone. I found these reviews very helpful...so hopefully I provide some nuggets of helpful information here.

Extremely hot this weekend (93-97 degrees). I was very glad I brought lots of water and my trekking poles. Trail is well maintained and easy to follow for the most part. There was snow at the top of the mountain, where in some locations the snow covered large portions of the trail and areas of the mountain. I wore tennis shoes for my hike both days and did fine on both the trail and the snow. I was glad I brought a couple pairs of tennis shoes, as both days I did this hike, My shoes got soaked, so it was nice to have a dry pair for day two of hiking. Also, brought flip flops, which was great to have dry feet for the drive home.

Was surprised to see snow still in June, but didn't hinder the experience, just made the progress slower because I had to follow footsteps in the snow and review this app for gps help, as this was my first time to this hike/trail/area. Views were amazing...got to the top and my automatic thought was "this was so worth it." Didn't see many people on the trail either day...but I carried bear mace and a taser just in case I ran into trouble.

The trail does pretty much go up at a steady incline up the side of the mountain (think I counted a total of 4 switchbacks before you reach the top). Not too difficult though. Only about 3 logs/trees down over the trail, but they were easy to navigate around or over. I have hiked trails with worse inclines, but considering this is one of my first weekends hiking this summer, this was a perfect training hike and a good way to get great exercise for both legs and arms. The incline isn't horrible...again I've had worse, but it is a trek to the top. I was breathing heavy.

Top of the mountain opens up and doesn't have much coverage or protection from the sun. Definitely bring sunscreen and sunglasses. I would suggest a hat or a wet towel over the head to keep cool...I did the towel my 2nd day and I was glad I did, as it kept me cooler than my first day.

Saturday - left trail head at 1200pm. Carrying a 25lb day pack today. First time on trail, so took lots of pictures, stopped periodically to look around and take water breaks. Amazing view of Mt. Jefferson...clear, beautiful day - 97 degrees. Went about 6 miles into the trail before I turned around to come back. Large areas where snow covered trail and I had to pick my way through, trying to follow footsteps of others and my gps. Last 1.5-2 miles going in was completely snow...couldn't see trail at all and followed footsteps....had to pick footing careful as trees were weighed down by snow and I didn't want to fall in a pocket.

Lost my cell phone on the way out. Crossed the river/creek headed home and had to bush whack for a bit to relocate trail...think phone fell out near that area....but only noticed I lost it about 2 miles later. Decided too late to try to turn around and locate the phone, as I didn't really want to hike out in the dark.

Saw lots of mountain flowers and only a couple groups of people at the top trail today.
Made it back to car at 1708...so 12 miles in about 5 hours. Decent day!

Sunday - mission = try to find cell phone
I hiked the blue pool trail earlier in the morning and therefore left whitewater trailhead later today - about 1430 and it was 93 degrees out. Noticed a big difference in the "heat" of the trail as I was hiking - it was cooler even in the shaded woody parts.

Mission today meant I was not stopping to take many pictures and attempted to take less breaks. Day pack was slightly lighter, about 20lbs today, and I made really great time up the mountain. Got 4.6 miles done in about an hour and 35 minutes.
I made it back to the river area, but the snow had melted so much within the last 24 hours it made it really hard to be sure exactly where I crossed the river when I lost my phone...landmarks were different and more vegetation was exposed.

I did search for my phone for about a 1/2 hour before I threw in the towel and started the journey back to my car. Still...great hike and great views:) not as clear today but at least white clouds in the sky. Saw some dogs on the trail and saw fresh horseshoe prints in the dirt, so I know both did fine on the trail. Both days I was drinking water like a camel...so make sure you have extra water in your car too.

Made it back to my car at 6pm. So...about 9.5 miles down in 3.5 hours. Again, I was moving. I actually did some trail running/jogging on the way out, so made awesome time.

Hope you found this helpful!!

off road driving
Thursday, June 22, 2017

DO NOT GO TO THIS TRAILHEAD IF YOU HAVE A SEDAN. My Nissan Altima was able to handle the road for about 20 minutes (with 2 miles still left to go) and the road was terribly rock, so much so that I had more than several "Oh shit that sounds expensive moments" which caused temporary heartbreak. If you have a truck or jeep than this drive should be fine. I eventually pulled over at a nice camping spot with a rough tepee and a fire pit already built.

Wednesday, June 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.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Took a Saturday and went up there. Hiking was great however fishing not so much. Hard to gain access to lake because of thick and down vegetation. Based on pictures looks like lake was high and is usually lower than what we experienced. Those who have a small raft or waders may have a better shot. Spoke with local who had been coming up there for many many years and said lake is not stocked therefore fish populations declining rapidly.
Overalls awesome hike and scenery but bummer on the fishing

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