Pamelia Lake & Hunts Cove

Pamelia Lake from Grizzly Peak

Pamelia Lake from Grizzly Peak

  • 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:

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 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.

To find the trailhead, drive …

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For a nice side trip from Pamelia Lake, hike …

Hanks Lake in Hunts Cove

This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.