Easy (to Pamelia Lake)
4.4 miles round trip
800 feet elevation gain
Open May through November
Use: hikers, horses
Difficult (to Grizzly Peak)
10 miles round trip
2700 feet elevation gain
Open July through October
Difficult (to Hunts Cove)
12.4 miles round trip
2150 feet elevation gain
Left: Pamelia Lake from Grizzly Peak
Below: Hanks Lake in Hunts Cove
The popular trail to Pamelia Lake has something for everyone: an easy creekside forest stroll for the novice hiker, a lake with a mountain reflection for the meditative, and an optional, strenuous viewpoint climb for the go-getters. What’s the catch? Only that the trail is so popular.
To limit crowds, the Forest Service requires that hikers headed for Pamelia Lake or Hunts Cove get a special permit in advance. Starting at 7am Pacific Time on May 1 of each year, permits for the entire summer will be available at www.recreation.gov or 1-877-444-6777 for a $6 fee. Because permits are issued to a limited number of groups for each day, summer weekends fill fast. Also note that camping at Pamelia Lake is allowed only at sites designated by a post, and campfires are banned at 7 of the 14 sites.
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This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.