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Bagby Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The southern terminus of the Bagby Hot Springs Trail leaving FR 4697 (bobcat)


Hikes starting here

Fees and Regulations

  • Self-issued wilderness permit required.

Driving Directions

Drive I-5 south through Salem and take Exit 253 for Highway 22, Detroit Lake, and Bend. After making the exit, turn left onto Highway 22.

Drive 49.4 miles to Detroit and turn left onto FR 46 for Breitenbush, Elk Lake, and Olallie Lake.

Drive 4.4 miles and make a left onto paved FR 4696.

Go 0.8 miles and turn left onto gravel FR 4697, signposted HIGH CLEARANCE ONLY.

Wind up for 4.7 miles on this potholed road to a Y-junction and turn left.

Drive another 2.1 miles to the junction for the Elk Lake Campground.

Keep right and continue up 0.4 miles to the Bagby Trailhead. The road is washed out just beyond here, so you should turn around and squeeze in a parking spot on this narrow, very rough road.

Other Notes

WARNING: Try to reach this trailhead ONLY if you have a small vehicle with high clearance, e.g. Jeep or Subaru Forester. Otherwise, park down at the Elk Lake Junction Trailhead.


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