Hike 16
The Mt. Hood National Forest
Hidden Lake Hike
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Map of the Hidden Lake Hike

Length: 4 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 700' gain
Season: Late Spring thru Late Fall
Difficulty:   Moderate
Permit:   NW Forest Pass Required


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This is a short and moderate hike. The hike begins to climb almost immediately and climbs along the side of a steep hillside within a dense forest. About a half mile into the hike you are offered the only opportunity for a view. At that point the trail levels off and remains an easy walk the rest of the way to the lake. Depending on the season, the Hidden Lake can resemble a large marshy pond. You must cross the outlet stream just before the lake and this can be tricky.

If you would like a more significant challenge, after viewing the lake, continue on Trail #779 to the point it meets the Timberline Trail #600 (also the Pacific Crest Trail #2000). The only reason to take this difficult hike would be for the exercise or adventure. There are not significant viewpoint the entire distance.

How to get there:

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Follow US 26 about 4 miles east of Rhododendron to Road 2639, marked by a sign indicating the Kiwanis Camp. Turn left onto this paved road and follow it for about 2 miles. There is a large turnout on the left side of the road indicating the trailhead for Hidden Lake. If you come to the end of the road, which would be the trailhead for Little Zig Zag Falls, then you have gone too far.

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