North Lake
Central Gorge, Oregon
North Lake. (photographer: Kate Harbour)
Hike Details
Out and back
11 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
4240 feet
Trail Features
Family Friendly:
Trailhead Pass:
Trail Details
Beautiful Views

Fire Impacts

This trail was impacted by the 2017 Eagle Creek fire. We encourage hikers to be extra alert when hiking in burned areas in the Gorge. Falling trees, landslides, and debris flows are more likely in the burned areas because of unstable soil due to less vegetation to hold it in place.

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On the Trail

This challenging, out-and-back hike totals 11 miles as it climbs from Wyeth Campground to North Lake, the natural dammed headwaters of Lindsey Creek that sits under the rim of Green Point Ridge. Elevation gain is 4,240 feet.

Permits & Pets

The site is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. A Northwest Forest Pass is required and can be purchased here. Dogs may be off leash. Sections of the trail are within the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. Wilderness restrictions apply.

Trail Notes

  • The trailhead is at the far end of the campground road, along Gorton Creek. Begin hiking on Wyeth Trail (Trail 411) and climb steadily, crossing Harphan Creek and following its drainage south as the trail steadily climbs.
  • At 4 miles in, the route has gained 3,800 feet and comes to a junction with Trail 418. Keep left, staying on Trail 411.
  • In 1.3 miles, cross Lindsey Creek, and in another 0.1 mile, turn right onto a spur trail (Trail 411A) leading to North Lake, a reservoir at the headwaters of Lindsey Creek.
  • Retrace the route to return to the start.
  • Please always stay on the trail and clean your boots before and after you hike. Hikers are a common vector for spreading invasive seeds.
  • There is a restroom in the Wyeth Campground parking lot area.

Post-Hike Explorations

Afterward, drive peaceful Wyeth/Herman Creek Road west to Frontage Road and on into Cascade Locks for dinner on WaNaPa Street or on the riverfront, overlooking the old lock canal.

Directions & Travel Tips

Wyeth Trailhead: From I-84, east- or westbound, take exit 51/Wyeth. Turn south off the exit ramp, then turn right on Wyeth/Herman Creek Road. In 0.3 mile, turn left into Wyeth Campground. Park in the lot, where there is a restroom.