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Stahlman Point Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

View of Detroit Lake and Piety Island from the trail (cfm)
Mt Jefferson above the town of Idanha (cfm)
  • Start point: Stahlman Point TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Stahlman Point
  • Hike Type: Out and Back
  • Distance: 5 miles RT
  • Elevation gain: 1300 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: late fall- early spring
  • Family Friendly: Yes, except caution must be used at the summit.
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No


Hike Description

Escape the crowds of busy Detroit Lake and climb above it to a former lookout site. You will begin hiking along a creek in a dense second growth forest of Douglas-fir. In half a mile, the forest opens up due to recent thinning, and you will get several viewpoints of the lake below you. After two miles of gentle climbing, the trail enters a section of old growth with a diverse understory. There are several big patches of huckleberry (which ripen in late August).

The final ascent to the lookout site is steep and rocky. You will get spectacular views of French Creek Ridge, Mount Jefferson and the upper drainage of the Santiam River. The foundation of the (now gone) lookout tower provides great seating for a group lunch. Hang on to the little ones here, as there are steep dropoffs on the south and east sides of the summit.


Regulations or Restrictions, etc.

No forest pass needed

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