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Dollar Lake Add-on Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Dollar Lake (George Landon)
Drifts of Lupine in early July (Tom Kloster)
The start of the Dollar Lake Trail (Steve Hart)



Dollar Lake lies just above the Timberline Trail on the north side of Mount Hood, between Elk Cove and Wy'East Basin. This is an easy and worthwhile add-on for anyone hiking this section of the Timberline Trail.

The start of the Dollar Lake Trail can be difficult to find. It heads uphill from the Timberline Trail at a point about 1/3 mile east of the junction with the Pinnacle Ridge Trail or 100 yards west of where the Timberline Trail hooks around the ridge and heads down to Elk Cove. The junction is just west of a small campsite, in a small draw filled with 10' trees. At last report, the trail is marked by a large cairn.

From here, head up the side trail passed beautiful views of Mount Hood and Elk Cove below. In about a quarter mile, you'll reach Dollar Lake, a small lake with a 3 campsites and a great view of Barrett Spur.


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