Hike to Pamelia Lake to Grizzly Mountain in the Mt Jefferson Wilderness


Prior to the recent adoption of hiking passes in the last 3 years, Pamelia Lake was one of a handful of Central Oregon hikes requiring a pass to access. This special lake is an easy 2.5 mile hike which gains 550 feet of elevation as it passes through beautiful old growth forest, complete with many rhododendrons which bloom in late spring. Our hike in late September, 2023, included some views of fall color in sunny spaces where vine maple grew. We could also see areas where the 2006 flood from Mt Jefferson’s Milk Creek Glacier wiped out portions of the trail and lovely moss covered forest floor. Plant life is returning and the area should eventually fully recover.

Pamelia Lake Pamelia Lake

Past the lake, the trail steepens for those planning on summiting Grizzly Mountain. Although over 2200 feet is gained, the path is well graded and doesn’t feel as steep as other hikes we have taken in the past. It is another 3.3 miles to reach the top, the entire way in forest with a great viewpoint break roughly .7 miles from the summit. On a clear day, fabulous views of Mt Jefferson should be visible. For us, however, it was cloudy and while peek-a-boo views of Mt Jefferson appeared as the clouds moved, we never saw the entire mountain at once. However, the top of Grizzly Mountain was a great place for a lunch break before we returned back the way we came, enjoying again the hike through the forest with portions of the trail next to lovely Pamelia Creek. Our entire hike was 11.66 miles with 2739 feet of elevation gain. We hope to return next spring to see the rhododendrons in bloom.

Mt Jefferson Pamelia Creek


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