Fret Creek & Oval Lake

  • Moderate (to Oval Lake and Palisade Point)
  • 4.8 miles round trip
  • 1180 feet elevation gain
  • Open mid-July through October
  • Use: hikers, horses


A pleasant forest trail from a paved road climbs along this creek to Oval Lake. And although the little lake doesn’t have much have a view, an extra half mile takes you to Palisade Point, a crag atop a 300-foot cliff overhanging the Badger Creek Valley, where you can see Mt. Adams, the plains of Eastern Oregon, and the top third of Mt. Hood.

Drive Highway …

Other Options

If you keep right at junctions from Oval Lake you’ll reach the even better viewpoint …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.