Multnomah County High Point Trip Report

Buck Peak

Date: August 17, 2003
Author: Jeff Macey

From maps and hiking books, I decided to use the Huckleberry Mountain trail approach to the PCT. It is shorter than the Lolo Pass way and much easier drive than the Wahtum Lake approach.

To reach the trailhead, proceed as to Wahtum Lake, but stay on the Lost Lake road until it enters Lost Lake campground. The only drawback to this hike was the $6.00 fee to get in Lost Lake. Follow the main road to the organizational camp and continue to the end of pavement and go about one mile on a dirt road to the sign.

The Huckleberry Mountain trail #617 gains 900 feet in 2, well-graded miles to the PCT. Turn right on the PCT and go about 3 miles to the Buck Peak trail #615. Trail #617 and the PCT were in perfect condition, the Buck Peak trail was very overgrown, but not hard to follow. I could see Mt Hood of course, also Jefferson, and Adams; could spot Rainier through some branches. You can see Mount St. Helens on the PCT during the hike in.

Trip statistics: 11 miles, approximately 2200 feet of gain.