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The Frog Lake Sno-Park is only about an hour east of Portland, and the roughly nine-mile route described here takes you through some of the finest scenery and on the smoothest trails the Northwest has to offer.
Find the PCT near the sno-park parking area’s western end. The trail north from here climbs steadily for about a mile and a half, topping out near its junction with the Twin Lakes trail. Stay on the PCT, however, continuing another 2.5 miles or so until meeting the Palmeteer Trail (#482). Turn right here, and after about a mile you’ll come to the Palmeteer viewpoint trail, a short (0.3 miles) out-and-back to a barren hilltop that offers stunning views of Mt. Hood to the north, Barlow Ridge, and the expansive White River valley. Return to the main Palmeteer trail, which twists and turns down to the lakes. (Keep on the lookout for another short off-shoot in this stretch that will take you to a rocky overlook, yet another opportunity for great views of the valley.)
Directions: Take Hwy. 26 east of Portland; Frog Lake Sno-Park is approximately seven miles east of Government Camp. Map sources: Mt. Hood and NW Oregon Trail Map; Mt. Hood National Forest map
Please note that this is an update on our hike.
Meet at Frog Lake Snopark lot.
Arrive by 915 and depart on the Twin Lakes trail at 0930. We will hike passed the Lower Twin and the Upper Twin Lake then continue up to Palmateer Point, where we will stop for lunch and enjoy views of Mt. Hood, if it is good weather. If only okay weather, i.e. light rain or possibility of it, we won't sit at the Point in the rain and eat, but along the trail. Please feel free to bring a cup and extra water, since I will have a stove for lunch coffee, tea or soup. After our lunch break, we will continue around to the PCT and return to the trailhead. Estimate distance is 7 - 8 miles.
Our pace is steady and gentle. My whole point in being out is to share the experience with others and enjoy the sounds and sights that nature provides.
|Driving Distance from Portland||116 miles|
|Distance - Round Trip||12 miles|
|Expected Duration||Car to car in one day|
|Awards Qualified||Mt. Hood Award, Wild Ones|