Caretaker Sections

The Pacific Crest Trail and its many alternate, feeder, and side trails within the Mount Hood Chapter’s area are divided into sections which caretakers adopt; each section is generally between five and ten miles in length. Caretakers are responsible for scouting their sections early in the season, usually as soon as snow levels permit, where they identify and prioritize its trail maintenance needs.

Caretakers coordinate their trail maintenance activities with the local agency land managers and PCTA staff. The first trail maintenance trips usually involve logout and repairing spot damage that occurred during the winter such as washouts and landslides. Caretakers also address issues that impact the trail’s long term health, such as the effects of water and gravity, and much of our work involves slough and berm removal, restoring outslope, and cleaning drainage features.

Mileages based on 2018 Halfmile data.

Klickitat District

Potato Hill
Caretaker: Karla Hawley
Distance: 2.0 miles
Agency: Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

North Boundary
Road 115 near Midway site
N 46° 21′ 2.48″ W 121° 31′ 4.45″
MP 2,253.0 – EL 4,501′
South Boundary
Road 5603
N 46° 19′ 31.73″ W 121° 30′ 21.55″
MP 2,251.0 – EL 4,759′

Mount Adams — North
Caretaker: Brooke Stevinson
Distance: 11.7 miles
Agency: Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

North Boundary
Road 5603
N 46° 19′ 31.73″ W 121° 30′ 21.55″
MP 2,251.0 – EL 4,759′
South Boundary
Riley Camp Trail 64
N 46° 12′ 55.02″ W 121° 34′ 2.40″
MP 2,239.3 – EL 5,746′

Mount Adams — South
Caretaker: Bob Arkes
Distance: 8.4 miles
Agency: Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

North Boundary
Riley Camp Trail 64
N 46° 12′ 55.02″ W 121° 34′ 2.40″
MP 2,239.3 – EL 5,746′
South Boundary
Mount Adams Wilderness Boundary
N 46° 10′ 57.69″ W 121° 37′ 29.51″
MP 2,230.9 – EL 4,327′

Gateway to Mount Adams
Caretaker: Jane Arkes
Distance: 2.0 miles
Agency: Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

North Boundary
Mount Adams Wilderness Boundary
N 46° 10′ 57.69″ W 121° 37′ 29.51″
MP 2,230.9 – EL 4,327′
South Boundary
Road 23
N 46° 9′ 42.72″ W 121° 37′ 54.36″
MP 2,228.9 – EL 3,837′

Grand Meadows
Caretaker: Vacant
Distance: 5.5 miles
Agency: Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

North Boundary
Road 23
N 46° 9′ 42.72″ W 121° 37′ 54.36″
MP 2,228.9 – EL 3,837′
South Boundary
Road 88
N 46° 8′ 5.75″ W 121° 41′ 23.74″
MP 2,223.4 – EL 3,841′

Steamboat Lake
Caretaker: Vacant
Distance: 4.9 miles
Agency: Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

North Boundary
Road 88
N 46° 8′ 5.75″ W 121° 41′ 23.74″
MP 2,223.4 – EL 3,841′
South Boundary
Road 8851
N 46° 7′ 29.58″ W 121° 45′ 11.88″
MP 2,218.5 – EL 3,917′

Twin Buttes
Caretaker: Vacant
Distance: 3.8 miles
Agency: Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

North Boundary
Road 8851
N 46° 7′ 29.58″ W 121° 45′ 11.88″
MP 2,218.5 – EL 3,917′
South Boundary
Road 24
N 46° 5′ 30.48″ W 121° 45′ 57.51″
MP 2,214.7 – EL 4,268′

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Indian Heaven District

Indian Heaven — North (Sawtooth Mountain)
Caretaker: Rick Schmidt
Distance: 7.6 miles
Agency: Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

North Boundary
Road 24
N 46° 5′ 30.48″ W 121° 45′ 57.51″
MP 2,214.7 – EL 4,268′
South Boundary
East Crater Trail 48
N 46° 0′ 12.72″ W 121° 47′ 17.46″
MP 2,207.1 – EL 4,781′

Indian Heaven — South (Blue Lake)
Caretaker: Thomas Calvery
Distance: 9.2 miles
Agency: Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

North Boundary
East Crater Trail 48
N 46° 0′ 12.72″ W 121° 47′ 17.46″
MP 2,207.1 – EL 4,781′
South Boundary
Road 60 (Crest Camp)
N 45° 54′ 33.36″ W 121° 48′ 9.06″
MP 2,197.9 – EL 3,499′

Big Huckleberry
Caretaker: Bill Canavan
Distance: 10.8 miles
Agency: Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

North Boundary
Road 60 (Crest Camp)
N 45° 54′ 33.36″ W 121° 48′ 9.06″
MP 2,197.9 – EL 3,499′
South Boundary
Road 68
N 45° 49′ 41.70″ W 121° 50′ 9.12″
MP 2,187.1 – EL 2,781′

Panther Creek
Caretaker: Marijke Riddering-Weaver and Scott Weaver
Distance: 10.5 miles
Agency: Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

North Boundary
Road 68
N 45° 49′ 41.70″ W 121° 50′ 9.12″
MP 2,187.1 – EL 2,781′
South Boundary
Road 43 (Trout Creek)
N 45° 48′ 40.74″ W 121° 57′ 22.38″
MP 2,176.6 – EL 1,197′

Sedum Ridge
Caretaker: Tami Keller-Sheets
Distance: 11.0 miles
Agency: Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

North Boundary
Road 43 (Trout Creek)
N 45° 48′ 40.74″ W 121° 57′ 22.38″
MP 2,176.6 – EL 1,197′
South Boundary
Road 2000
N 45° 45′ 43.45″ W 122° 2′ 25.46″
MP 2,165.6 – EL 1,737′

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Gorge District

Three Corner Rock
Caretaker: Reserved for Sue Melone
Distance: 3.5 miles
Agency: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

North Boundary
Road 2000
N 45° 45′ 43.45″ W 122° 2′ 25.46″
MP 2,165.6 – EL 1,737′
South Boundary
Three Corner Rock Trail
N 45° 44′ 10.58″ W 122° 2′ 35.26″
MP 2,162.1 – EL 3,254′

Birkenfeld Mountain
Caretaker: Vacant
Distance: 4.9 miles
Agency: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

North Boundary
Three Corner Rock Trail
N 45° 44′ 10.58″ W 122° 2′ 35.26″
MP 2,162.1 – EL 3,254′
South Boundary
Road at Birkenfeld Saddle
N 45° 42′ 5.53″ W 121° 59′ 57.29″
MP 2,157.2 – EL 2,772′

Table Mountain
Caretaker: Vacant
Distance: 5.7 miles
Agency: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

North Boundary
Road at Birkenfeld Saddle
N 45° 42′ 5.53″ W 121° 59′ 57.29″
MP 2,157.2 – EL 2,772′
South Boundary
Greenleaf Road
N 45° 40′ 5.82″ W 121° 57′ 24.09″
MP 2,151.5 – EL 518′

Gillette Lake
Caretaker: Frank Jahn
Distance: 4.1 miles
Agency: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

North Boundary
Greenleaf Road
N 45° 40′ 5.82″ W 121° 57′ 24.09″
MP 2,151.5 – EL 518′
South Boundary
Bridge of the Gods (Washington Side)
N 45° 39′ 40.25″ W 121° 54′ 22.03″
MP 2,147.4 – EL 156′

Bridge of the Gods — Oregon Side
Caretaker: Roberta Cobb
Distance: 4.4 miles
Agency: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

North Boundary
Bridge of the Gods (Oregon Side)
N 45° 39′ 42.45″ W 121° 53′ 51.12″
MP 2,146.9 – EL 228′
South Boundary
Herman Bridge Trail 406E
N 45° 40′ 19.51″ W 121° 50′ 18.59″
MP 2,142.5 – EL 973′

Teakettle Springs
Caretaker: Kelley Davis
Distance: 4.4 miles
Agency: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

North Boundary
Herman Bridge Trail 406E
N 45° 40′ 19.51″ W 121° 50′ 18.59″
MP 2,142.5 – EL 973′
South Boundary
Benson Way Trail 405B
N 45° 38′ 50.66″ W 121° 50′ 28.93″
MP 2,138.1 – EL 3,759′

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Bull Run District

Benson Plateau
Caretaker: Hilary Renshaw
Distance: 5.7 miles
Agency: Hood River Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Benson Way Trail 405B
N 45° 38′ 50.66″ W 121° 50′ 28.93″
MP 2,138.1 – EL 3,759′
South Boundary
PCT junction with Chinidere Mountain Trail 445
N 45° 35′ 2.64″ W 121° 48′ 36.30″
MP 2,132.4 – EL 4,281′

Wahtum Lake
Caretaker: Reserved for Omar Sankari
Distance: 3.8 miles
Agency: Hood River Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
PCT junction with Chinidere Mountain Trail 445
N 45° 35′ 2.64″ W 121° 48′ 36.30″
MP 2,132.4 – EL 4,281′
South Boundary
Hatfield Wilderness Boundary (South)
N 45° 33′ 38.21″ W 121° 48′ 29.22″
MP 2,128.6 – EL 4,120′

Waucoma Ridge
Caretaker: Leif Hovin
Distance: 6.8 miles
Agency: Hood River Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Hatfield Wilderness Boundary (South)
N 45° 33′ 38.21″ W 121° 48′ 29.22″
MP 2,128.6 – EL 4,120′
South Boundary
Buck Peak Trail 615
N 45° 29′ 42.73″ W 121° 51′ 40.97″
MP 2,121.8 – EL 4,468′

Lolo Pass — North (Buck Peak)
Caretaker: Leif Hovin
Distance: 7.6 miles
Agency: Hood River Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Buck Peak Trail 615
N 45° 29′ 42.73″ W 121° 51′ 40.97″
MP 2,121.8 – EL 4,468′
South Boundary
Road 18 (Lolo Pass)
N 45° 25′ 37.66″ W 121° 47′ 48.58″
MP 2,114.2 – EL 3,435′

Lolo Pass — South
Caretaker: Peter Hoffman and Diane Kelso
Distance: 2.8 miles
Agency: Hood River Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Road 18 (Lolo Pass)
N 45° 25′ 37.66″ W 121° 47′ 48.58″
MP 2,114.2 – EL 3,435′
South Boundary
Top Spur Trail 785
N 45° 24′ 20.30″ W 121° 46′ 43.42″
MP 2,111.4 – EL 4,338′

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Wy’east District

Muddy Fork
Caretaker: Robert Caldwell
Distance: 4.6 miles
Agency: Zigzag Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Top Spur Trail 785
N 45° 24′ 20.30″ W 121° 46′ 43.42″
MP 2,111.4 – EL 4,338′
South Boundary
Timberline Trail 600 near Ramona Falls
N 45° 22′ 47.32″ W 121° 47′ 3.01″
MP 2,106.8 – EL 3,322′

Rushing Water
Caretaker: Robert Heyman
Distance: 3.6 miles
Agency: Zigzag Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Timberline Trail 600 near Ramona Falls
N 45° 22′ 47.32″ W 121° 47′ 3.01″
MP 2,106.8 – EL 3,322′
South Boundary
Paradise Park Loop Trail 757 (North)
N 45° 21′ 40.56″ W 121° 45′ 6.48″
MP 2,103.2 – EL 5,443′

Timberline — North
Caretaker: Ruth Weston
Distance: 6.3 miles
Agency: Zigzag Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Paradise Park Loop Trail 757 (North)
N 45° 21′ 40.56″ W 121° 45′ 6.48″
MP 2,103.2 – EL 5,443′
South Boundary
Timberline Lodge
N 45° 19′ 58.37″ W 121° 42′ 40.47″
MP 2,096.9 – EL 6,015′

Timberline — South
Caretaker: Ron Goodwin
Distance: 5.4 miles
Agency: Zigzag Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Timberline Lodge
N 45° 19′ 58.37″ W 121° 42′ 40.47″
MP 2,096.9 – EL 6,015′
South Boundary
Barlow Road
N 45° 16′ 57.89″ W 121° 41′ 4.49″
MP 2,091.5 – EL 4,162′

Twin Lakes
Caretaker: David Roe
Distance: 5.0 miles
Agency: Hood River Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Barlow Road
N 45° 16′ 57.89″ W 121° 41′ 4.49″
MP 2,091.5 – EL 4,162′
South Boundary
Highway 26 (Wapinitia Pass)
N 45° 13′ 44.97″ W 121° 42′ 2.25″
MP 2,086.5 – EL 3,915′

Little Crater Lake
Caretaker: Steve Plant
Distance: 7.7 miles
Agency: Zigzag Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Highway 26 (Wapinitia Pass)
N 45° 13′ 44.97″ W 121° 42′ 2.25″
MP 2,086.5 – EL 3,915′
South Boundary
Little Crater Lake trail junction
N 45° 8′ 52.20″ W 121° 45′ 12.60″
MP 2,078.8 – EL 3,245′

Timothy Lake
Caretaker: Sara and Tim Lagasse, Back Country Horsemen — Territorial Riders Chapter
Distance: 5.4 miles
Agency: Zigzag Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Little Crater Lake trail junction
N 45° 8′ 52.20″ W 121° 45′ 12.60″
MP 2,078.8 – EL 3,245′
South Boundary
Road 42 (Joe Graham Horse Camp)
N 45° 6′ 6.50″ W 121° 44′ 48.54″
MP 2,073.4 – EL 3,372′

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Olallie District

Warm Springs — North
Caretaker: Sara and Tim Lagasse
Distance: 8.8 miles
Agency: Mount Hood National Forest, Clackamas River Ranger District

North Boundary
Road 42 (Joe Graham Horse Camp)
N 45° 6′ 6.50″ W 121° 44′ 48.54″
MP 2,073.4 – EL 3,372′
South Boundary
Warm Springs River
N 45° 0′ 3.61″ W 121° 43′ 1.10″
MP 2,064.6 – EL 3,358′

Pinhead Buttes
Caretaker: Tim Lagasse, Becky Wolf, Jerry Bentz
Distance: 7.9 miles
Agency: Mount Hood National Forest, Clackamas River Ranger District

North Boundary
Warm Springs River
N 45° 0′ 3.61″ W 121° 43′ 1.10″
MP 2,064.6 – EL 3,358′
South Boundary
Road at base of South Pinhead Butte
N 44° 55′ 31.98″ W 121° 44′ 44.70″
MP 2,056.7 – EL 4,664′

Warm Springs — South
Caretaker: Becky Wolf, Oregon Equestrian Trails
Distance: 7.5 miles
Agency: Mount Hood National Forest, Clackamas River Ranger District

North Boundary
Road at base of South Pinhead Butte
N 44° 55′ 31.98″ W 121° 44′ 44.70″
MP 2,056.7 – EL 4,664′
South Boundary
Jude Lake
N 44° 51′ 17.75″ W 121° 45′ 52.16″
MP 2,049.2 – EL 4,612′

Olallie Lake
Caretaker: Jerry Bentz
Distance: 9.8 miles
Agency: Mount Hood National Forest, Clackamas River Ranger District

North Boundary
Jude Lake
N 44° 51′ 17.75″ W 121° 45′ 52.16″
MP 2,049.2 – EL 4,612′
South Boundary
Road 4220 (Breitenbush Lake)
N 44° 45′ 55.07″ W 121° 47′ 13.65″
MP 2,039.4 – EL 5,515′

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Alternate Trails

Gorge Trail 400
Caretaker: Terry Hill
Distance: 3.6 miles
Agency: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

North Boundary
PCT near Moody Street
N 45° 39′ 42.48″ W 121° 53′ 40.15″
South Boundary
Eagle Creek Trailhead
N 45° 38′ 12.33″ W 121° 55′ 10.55″

Lower Eagle Creek Trail 440
Caretaker: Vacant
Distance: 4.8 miles
Agency: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

North Boundary
Eagle Creek Trailhead
N 45° 38′ 12.33″ W 121° 55′ 10.55″
South Boundary
Hatfield Wilderness boundary near Wy’east Campsite
N 45° 35′ 36.65″ W 121° 52′ 3.65″

Middle Eagle Creek Trail 440
Caretaker: Reserved for Susan McDonnell
Distance: 4.7 miles
Agency: Hood River Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Hatfield Wilderness boundary near Wy’east Campsite
N 45° 35′ 36.65″ W 121° 52′ 3.65″
South Boundary
Eagle Creek Trail 440 junction with
Indian Springs Trail 435
N 45° 34′ 40.32″ W 121° 50′ 27.78″

Upper Eagle Creek Trail 440
Caretaker: Vacant
Distance: 3.6 miles
Agency: Hood River Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Eagle Creek Trail 440 junction with
Indian Springs Trail 435
N 45° 34′ 40.32″ W 121° 50′ 27.78″
South Boundary
PCT junction with Eagle Creek Trail 440
N 45° 34′ 48.66″ W 121° 47′ 51.24″

Chinidere Cutoff Trail 406M
Caretaker: Reserved for Omar Sankari
Distance: 0.7 mile
Agency: Hood River Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
PCT junction with Chinidere Cutoff Trail 406M
N 45° 35′ 2.64″ W 121° 48′ 32.34″
South Boundary
Eagle Creek Trail 440 junction with Chinidere Cutoff Trail 406M
N 45° 34′ 51.30″ W 121° 48′ 2.52″

Indian Springs Trail 435
Caretaker: Vacant
Distance: 2.0 miles
Agency: Hood River Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Eagle Creek Trail 440 junction with
Indian Springs Trail 435
N 45° 34′ 40.32″ W 121° 50′ 27.78″
South Boundary
Indian Springs Campground
N 45° 33′ 24.84″ W 121° 49′ 35.70″

Upper Muddy Fork, Timberline Trail 600
Caretaker: Robert Caldwell
Distance: 6.3 miles
Agency: Zigzag Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
PCT junction with Timberline Trail 600 (North) at Top Spur
N 45° 24′ 19.68″ W 121° 46′ 42.66″
South Boundary
PCT junction with Timberline Trail 600 (South) near Ramona Falls
N 45° 22′ 47.32″ W 121° 47′ 3.01″

Ramona Falls Trail 797
Caretaker: Robert Caldwell
Distance: 1.8 miles
Agency: Zigzag Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
PCT junction with Ramona Falls Trail 797 (North)
N 45° 23′ 39.84″ W 121° 47′ 57.84″
South Boundary
Ramona Falls
N 45° 22′ 48.06″ W 121° 46′ 35.28″

Paradise Park Loop Trail 757
Caretaker: Chris Keil
Distance: 2.4 miles
Agency: Zigzag Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
PCT junction with Paradise Park Loop Trail 757 (North)
N 45° 21′ 40.56″ W 121° 45′ 6.48″
South Boundary
PCT junction with Paradise Park Loop Trail 757 (South)
N 45° 20′ 37.62″ W 121° 45′ 2.10″

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Feeder and Side Trails

Chinidere Mountain Trail 445
Caretaker: Reserved for Omar Sankari
Distance: 0.3 mile
Agency: Hood River Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Chinidere Mountain Summit
N 45° 35′ 10.56″ W 121° 48′ 42.36″
South Boundary
PCT junction with Chinidere Mountain Trail 445
N 45° 35′ 2.64″ W 121° 48′ 36.30″

Buck Peak Trail 615
Caretaker: Leif Hovin
Distance: 0.5 miles
Agency: Hood River Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

West Boundary
PCT junction with Buck Peak Trail 615
N 45° 29′ 42.73″ W 121° 51′ 40.97″
East Boundary
Buck Peak Summit
N 45° 29′ 55.44″ W 121° 51′ 34.80″

Huckleberry Mountain Trail 617
Caretaker: Leif Hovin
Distance: 2.1 miles
Agency: Hood River Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

West Boundary
PCT junction with Huckleberry Mountain Trail 617
N 45° 28′ 4.13″ W 121° 49′ 45.49″
East Boundary
Lakeshore Trail #656
N 45° 28′ 55.08″ W 121° 48′ 50.64″

Top Spur Trail 785
Caretaker: Robert Caldwell
Distance: 0.5 miles
Agency: Zigzag Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

West Boundary
Top Spur Trailhead
N 45° 24′ 27.86″ W 121° 47′ 9.43″
EL 3,930′
East Boundary
PCT junction with Top Trail 785
N 45° 24′ 20.30″ W 121° 46′ 43.42″
EL 4,328′

Sandy River Trail 770
Caretaker: Robert Caldwell
Distance: 1.5 miles
Agency: Zigzag Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

West Boundary
Ramona Falls Trailhead
N 45° 23′ 12.36″ W 121° 49′ 54.66″
East Boundary
PCT junction with Trail 770
N 45° 23′ 28.46″ W 121° 48′ 29.10″

Paradise Park Trail 778
Caretaker: Chris Keil
Distance: 6.7 miles
Agency: Zigzag Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

West Boundary
Paradise Park Trail 778 Trailhead
N 45° 18′ 52.00″ W 121° 48′ 56.80″
East Boundary
Paradise Park Viewpoint
N 45° 21′ 10.50″ W 121° 44′ 21.80″
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