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Crane Prairie Trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The obscure and unsigned beginning of the Crane Prairie Trail "(bobcat)"
Sign about 100 yards down the trail "(bobcat)"
Ponds in the Boulder Creek headwaters basin, Crane Prairie Trail "(bobcat)"


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Fees & Regulations

  • none

Driving Directions

Note: The final stretch to the trailhead is along FR 4891, a primitive dirt road that is not recommended for trailers and low clearance passenger cars, though it is easily passable for SUVs and trucks (For an alternative trailhead that accesses this loop, consider the Boulder Lake Trailhead)

From the junction with Highway 26 and Highway 35, go right on Highway 35 for Hood River and drive 6.5 miles before bearing right for Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort and Bennett Pass Sno-Park.

After 0.2 miles, turn right for Bennett Pass Sno Park.

Drive through the parking area and reach a gravel road, FR 4891. After 1.0 miles, keep left at a junction.

After another 0.3 miles keep right at another unmarked junction.

After 0.5 miles, keep left. The road becomes worse and from this last junction, it’s another 2.4 miles, which includes the rocky Terrible Traverse, to the junction with the road for Camp Windy and Badger Lake.

From here, it’s 0.2 miles to an unmarked pullout on the left (space for two cars) as the road curves right.

Walk 10 yards back from this pullout and head into the woods down the slope to find the Crane Prairie Trail #464.

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