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Elk Lake Trailhead

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Revision as of 17:40, 22 September 2018 by Justpeachy (Talk | contribs)

Parked opposite the trailhead on narrow FR 4697 (bobcat)


Hikes starting here

Fees and Regulations

  • Self-issued wilderness permit required.

Driving Directions

Drive I-5 south through Salem and take Exit 253 for Highway 22, Detroit Lake, and Bend. After making the exit, turn left onto Highway 22.

Drive 49.4 miles to Detroit and turn left onto FR 46 for Breitenbush, Elk Lake, and Olallie Lake.

Drive 4.4 miles and make a left onto paved FR 4696.

Go 0.8 miles and turn left onto gravel FR 4697, signposted HIGH CLEARANCE ONLY. Good durable tires are strongly recommended from this point forward

Wind up for 4.7 miles on this rough rocky road to a Y-junction and turn left.

Drive another 1.6 miles to the easy-to-miss trailhead on your right. Elk Lake lies below. There is parking for two cars by the side of the road here; make sure to leave room for other vehicles to pass. There are trail signs a few yards up the trail.

Other Notes

FR 4697 is a very rough road. Low clearance cars might make it if you drive very slowly and carefully, but high clearance and good tires are strongly recommend. All vehicles should travel very slowly and with caution.


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