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Elk Lake Creek Trail Northern Trailhead

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Northern trailhead for the Elk Lake Trail. (Matt Reeder)


Hikes starting here

Fees and Regulations

  • Northwest Forest Pass NOT required.
  • Be sure to sign the wilderness register just past the trailhead.

Driving Directions

Take Exit 12A on I-205 for Clackamas and Estacada. This is Highway 224E and 212E. It’s about 3.3 miles to a junction, where you peel off to the right on 224E for Carver and Estacada.

Drive another 15.2 miles into Estacada and, at the junction where 211S goes off to the right for Molalla, keep straight.

From here it’s 25.5 miles on 224E past the Ripplebrook Guard Station. After crossing a bridge, FR 57 goes off to the left for Timothy Lake.

Keep right on FR 46 for Detroit and Bagby Hot Springs. Drive 3.6 miles and make a right on FR 63.

Drive 8.9 miles (After 6.1 miles the road becomes gravel) to the junction with the road for Graham Pass.

Keep right here and drive 0.8 miles on a road mostly paved with gravel patches.

Keep right at this next junction and travel downhill to a fork after 2.9 miles.

Keep right on FR 6380 where a sign indicates the Elk Lake Trailhead is ahead. It’s another 2.3 miles to a fork where you drive right over a bridge.

From here, bearing left after crossing the brisge, it’s 0.5 miles on a rougher, narrower track to the trailhead parking area.

Other Notes

The roads are good until you cross the Collowash River. However, the pavement does occasionally drop out to gravel on FR63. Be prepared to slow down, speed up and slow down again.


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