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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)

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Description

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 lake gave its name to a 2011 wildfire that burned much of the north side of Mount Hood. (The fire never quite reached the lake, however.)

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 foot high trees. At last report, the trail is marked by a large cairn.

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

Maps

  • Maps: Hike Finder
  • Green Trails Maps: Mt Hood, OR #462
  • Geo-Graphics: Mount Hood Wilderness Map
  • Adventure Maps: Mt. Hood Area
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Mt. Hood National Forest
  • Discover Your Northwest: Mt. Hood National Forest North: Trail Map & Hiking Guide
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Hood River Ranger District
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map: Mount Hood Wilderness
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map: Mount Hood

Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • Self-Issued wilderness permit; wilderness rules apply

Trip Reports

Related Discussions / Q&A

Guidebooks that cover this hike

  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington by William L. Sullivan
  • 75 Scrambles in Oregon by Barbara I. Bond
  • 105 Virtual Hikes of the Mt. Hood National Forest by Northwest Hiker
  • 70 Hiking Trails: Northern Oregon Cascades by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • 62 Hiking Trails: Northern Oregon Cascades by Don & Roberta Lowe

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