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Killen creek trailhead

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Killen Creek Trailhead (Jerry Adams)
Trail above Killen Creek Trailhead (Jerry Adams)


Hikes starting here

Driving Directions

To get to the Killen Creek Trailhead, take Highway 12 east from I-5 to Randle. From Randle, go south on Forest Service Road 23 about 32 miles to the junction with Road 2329. The last 8 miles is gravel.

Alternately, take Highway 14 east from Vancouver to Highway 141 (or I-84 east to the Hood River Bridge). Take Highway 141 north to Trout Lake. From Trout Lake, go north on Forest Service Road 23 about 26 miles to the junction with Road 2329. The last 9 miles is gravel.

Go east on Road 2329, which is gravel most of the way, past Takhalakh Lake Campground, 6 miles to the trailhead.

2 miles before you reach Killen Creek Trailhead is High Camp Trailhead. It connects up to the Pacific Crest Trail 1.2 miles south of where the Killen Creek Trail connects to the PCT. If you were going south on the PCT this would be better. It's easy to accidentally start here rather than the Killen Creek Trailhead because they're so similar.

Fees and Regulations

  • $2 toll each way at the Hood River Bridge

Other information

There are a couple near-by campgrounds.

Takhalakh Lake Campground has about 40 sites, drinking water, RVs, screaming kids, and tends to be full on weekends.

Killen Creek Campground is a mile past the trailhead on Road 2329. It is free, no drinking water, picnic tables, pit toilet, and isn't very busy.

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