Caretaker Sections

The PCT on the Mount Hood Chapter is divided into caretaker sections.

Note: Halfmile’s 2018 mileages have been updated for 2018. A reroute in Northern California increased the length of the PCT by 2.5 miles. We will update our mileages to match soon.

Klickitat District

The Klickitat District area covers 76.4 miles and includes 9 caretaker sections.

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 2,250.5 – EL 4,501′
South Boundary
Road 5603
N 46° 19′ 31.73″ W 121° 30′ 21.55″
MP 2,248.5 – 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 2,248.5 – EL 4,759′
South Boundary
Riley Camp Trail 64
N 46° 12′ 55.02″ W 121° 34′ 2.40″
MP 2,236.8 – EL 5,746′

Mount Adams — South
Caretaker: Bob Arkes
Distance: 9.6 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 2,236.8 – EL 5,746′
South Boundary
Williams Mine Trailhead
N 46° 10′ 13.75″ W 121° 37′ 35.07″
MP 2,227.2 – EL 4,023′

Gateway to Mount Adams
Caretaker: Jane Arkes
Distance: 0.8 mile
Agency: Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

North Boundary
Williams Mine Trailhead
N 46° 10′ 13.75″ W 121° 37′ 35.07″
MP 2,227.2 – EL 4,023′
South Boundary
Road 23
N 46° 9′ 42.72″ W 121° 37′ 54.36″
MP 2,226.4 – EL 3,837′

Steamboat Lake
Caretaker: Reserved for Lamar Fontaine
Distance: 14.2 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 2,226.4 – EL 3,837′
South Boundary
Road 24
N 46° 5′ 30.48″ W 121° 45′ 57.51″
MP 2,212.2 – EL 4,268′

Indian Heaven — North (Sawtooth Mountain)
Caretaker: Rick Schmidt
Distance: 7.5 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 2,212.2 – EL 4,268′
South Boundary
Junction Lake
N 46° 0′ 17.82″ W 121° 47′ 20.58″
MP 2,204.7 – EL 4,741′

Indian Heaven — South (Blue Lake)
Caretaker: Reserved for Thomas Calvary
Distance: 9.3 miles
Agency: Mount Adams Ranger District, Gifford Pinchot National Forest

North Boundary
Junction Lake
N 46° 0′ 17.82″ W 121° 47′ 20.58″
MP 2,204.7 – EL 4,741′
South Boundary
Road 60 (Crest Camp)
N 45° 54′ 33.36″ W 121° 48′ 9.06″
MP 2,195.4 – 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 2,195.4 – EL 3,499′
South Boundary
Road 68
N 45° 49′ 41.70″ W 121° 50′ 9.12″
MP 2,184.6 – 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 2,184.6 – EL 2,781′
South Boundary
Road 43 (Trout Creek)
N 45° 48′ 40.74″ W 121° 57′ 22.38″
MP 2,174.1 – EL 1,197′

Gorge District

The Gorge District covers 62.4 miles and includes 10 caretaker sections.

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 2,174.1 – EL 1,197′
South Boundary
Road 2000
N 45° 45′ 43.45″ W 122° 2′ 25.46″
MP 2,163.1 – EL 1,737′

Three Corner Rock — North
Caretaker: Vacant
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 2,163.1 – EL 1,737′
South Boundary
Three Corner Rock
N 45° 44′ 10.58″ W 122° 2′ 35.26″
MP 2,159.6 – EL 3,254′

Table Mountain
Caretaker: Chris Sanderson
Distance: 7.9 miles
Agency: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

North Boundary
Three Corner Rock
N 45° 44′ 10.58″ W 122° 2′ 35.26″
MP 2,159.6 – EL 3,254′
South Boundary
Sacagawea and Papoose Rocks
N 45° 40′ 27.01″ W 121° 58′ 47.68″
MP 2,151.7 – EL 1,379′

Gillette Lake
Caretaker: Frank Jahn
Distance: 6.8 miles
Agency: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

North Boundary
Sacagawea and Papoose Rocks
N 45° 40′ 27.01″ W 121° 58′ 47.68″
MP 2,151.7 – EL 1,379′
South Boundary
Bridge of the Gods (Washington Side)
N 45° 39′ 40.25″ W 121° 54′ 22.03″
MP 2,144.9 – 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 2,144.4 – EL 228′
South Boundary
Herman Bridge Trail 406E
N 45° 40′ 19.51″ W 121° 50′ 18.59″
MP 2,140.0 – 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 2,140.0 – EL 973′
South Boundary
Benson Way Trail 405B
N 45° 38′ 50.66″ W 121° 50′ 28.93″
MP 2,135.6 – EL 3,759′

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 2,135.6 – EL 3,759′
South Boundary
PCT junction with Chinidere Mountain Trail 445
N 45° 35′ 2.64″ W 121° 48′ 36.30″
MP 2,129.9 – EL 4,281′

Wahtum Lake
Caretaker: John Vhay
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 2,129.9 – EL 4,281′
South Boundary
Hatfield Wilderness Boundary (South)
N 45° 33′ 38.21″ W 121° 48′ 29.22″
MP 2,126.1 – 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 2,126.1 – EL 4,120′
South Boundary
Buck Peak Trail 615
N 45° 29′ 42.73″ W 121° 51′ 40.97″
MP 2,119.3 – 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 2,119.3 – EL 4,468′
South Boundary
Road 18 (Lolo Pass)
N 45° 25′ 37.66″ W 121° 47′ 48.58″
MP 2,111.7 – EL 3,435′

Wy’east District

The Wy’east District covers 27.7 miles and includes 6 caretaker sections.

Lolo Pass — South
Caretaker: Reserved for 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 2,111.7 – EL 3,435′
South Boundary
Top Spur Trail 785
N 45° 24′ 20.30″ W 121° 46′ 43.42″
MP 2,108.9 – EL 4,338′

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 2,108.9 – EL 4,338′
South Boundary
Timberline Trail 600 near Ramona Falls
N 45° 22′ 47.32″ W 121° 47′ 3.01″
MP 2,104.3 – 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 2,104.3 – EL 3,322′
South Boundary
Paradise Park Loop Trail 757 (North)
N 45° 21′ 40.56″ W 121° 45′ 6.48″
MP 2,100.7 – 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 2,100.7 – EL 5,443′
South Boundary
Timberline Lodge
N 45° 19′ 58.37″ W 121° 42′ 40.47″
MP 2,094.4 – EL 6,015′

Timberline — South
Caretaker: Ron Goodwin
Distance: 5.2 miles
Agency: Zigzag Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Timberline Lodge
N 45° 19′ 58.37″ W 121° 42′ 40.47″
MP 2,094.4 – EL 6,015′
South Boundary
Highway 35 (Barlow Pass)
N 45° 17′ 4.16″ W 121° 40′ 52.93″
MP 2,089.2 – EL 4,160′

Twin Lakes
Caretaker: David Roe
Distance: 5.2 miles
Agency: Hood River Ranger District, Mount Hood National Forest

North Boundary
Highway 35 (Barlow Pass)
N 45° 17′ 4.16″ W 121° 40′ 52.93″
MP 2,089.2 – EL 4,160′
South Boundary
Highway 26 (Wapinitia Pass)
N 45° 13′ 44.97″ W 121° 42′ 2.25″
MP 2,084.0 – EL 3,915′

Lakes District

The Lakes District covers 37.3 miles and includes 6 caretaker sections.

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 2,084.0 – EL 3,915′
South Boundary
Little Crater Lake trail junction
N 45° 8′ 52.20″ W 121° 45′ 12.60″
MP 2,076.3 – 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 2,076.3 – EL 3,245′
South Boundary
Road 42 (Joe Graham Horse Camp)
N 45° 6′ 6.50″ W 121° 44′ 48.54″
MP 2,070.9 – EL 3,372′

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 2,070.9 – EL 3,372′
South Boundary
Warm Springs River
N 45° 0′ 3.61″ W 121° 43′ 1.10″
MP 2,062.1 – EL 3,358′

Pinhead Buttes
Caretaker: Vacant
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 2,062.1 – EL 3,358′
South Boundary
Road at base of South Pinhead Butte
N 44° 55′ 31.98″ W 121° 44′ 44.70″
MP 2,054.2 – 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 2,054.2 – EL 4,664′
South Boundary
Jude Lake
N 44° 51′ 17.75″ W 121° 45′ 52.16″
MP 2,046.7 – 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 2,046.7 – EL 4,612′
South Boundary
Road 4220 (Breitenbush Lake)
N 44° 45′ 55.07″ W 121° 47′ 13.65″
MP 2,036.9 – EL 5,515′

Feeder and Side Trails

The feeder and side trails covers 40.7 miles and includes 15 caretaker sections.

Gorge Trail 400
Caretaker: Carole Dearholt
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: Vacant
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 Mountain Trail 445
Caretaker: John Vhay
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″

Chinidere Cutoff Trail 406M
Caretaker: John Vhay
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″

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′

Upper Muddy Fork, Timberline Trail 600
Caretaker: Robert Caldwell
Distance: 5.7 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″

Sandy River Trail 770
Caretaker: Robert Caldwell
Distance: 1.3 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 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″

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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