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Plaza Lake Trail #788

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If you are looking for remote solitude, Plaza Lake is a great short run into the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness.


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0.6

Miles

0.9

KM

54%

Runnable

4,218' 1,286 m

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3,684' 1,123 m

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534' 163 m

Down

18%

Avg Grade (10°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

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Features Lake · Wildflowers

This area is closed from snow until late May to mid-June.

Description

Plaza Lake Trail #788 accesses the southern side of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness Area. It is a long drive to the trailhead and a short, steep run down to a mountain lake. From the trailhead, the trail descends over 500 feet in 1/2 mile on a series of 17 switchbacks to Plaza Lake. There is one campsite at the lake near the trail’s end.

Runners can access the trail by heading east from Estacada 6.6 miles and turning left on Forest Road 4610 aka North Fork Road (across from Promontory Park). Take another immediate left onto Forest Road 4610 and travel 7.1 miles and stay left on Forest Road 4610 at the fork. Travel another 0.9 miles and then turn right to stay on Forest Road 4610 also known at this point as Abbot Road. Stay on this road for another 11.1 miles to the small trailhead turnout on the north (left) side of the road.

Flora & Fauna

Douglas fir, mountain hemlock and some noble and silver firs can be found. Bear grass and rhododendron are blooming in early summer.

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Kathleen Walker

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While the drive to the trailhead is long and the hike is short, the fall colors at Plaza Lake can be beautiful. Photo by Cameron Brown.
Jan 25, 2017 near Mount H…, OR
A short, half-mile hike in leads you to the shoreline of Plaza Lake. Photo by Cameron Brown.
Jan 25, 2017 near Mount H…, OR
The Plaza Lake Trailhead off Abbot Road (Forest Road 4610) is easy to spot. Photo by Cameron Brown.
Jan 25, 2017 near Mount H…, OR

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