Badger Lake Road

4.8/5 (21 reviews)
Government Camp, Oregon (HoodRiver County)
Last Updated: 07/03/2022

Trail Information


Badger Lake Road snakes through a thin ribbon of forest flanked on either side by the Badger Creek Wilderness. After coming around the shoulder of Badger Butte, the trail narrows and plunges down a rocky shelf road toward the lake. Big views of the ridgeline where Bennett Pass Road traverses can be seen across the basin. The palisades in the distance are below Flag Point Lookout. Badger Lake, just after a shallow water crossing, is a wonderful spot to spend an afternoon canoeing, fishing, swimming, or hanging out enjoying the mountain air.

Trail Difficulty and Assessment

Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.8/5 (21)
Visited: 09/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Visited this trail this past weekend, the lake is honestly very beautiful. Lots of spots for camping and areas before where you can camp. No more water crossing and other than it being a very rocky road and lots of pin stripes its not bad and a very easy trail. A stock 2wd vehicle could easily do this, I did it in two wheel drive on my gladiator with AT tires and fully loaded bed. Beautiful scene at the end at the lake and very windy.
Official Crew
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/01/2021

This trail is now closed for the season. It will reopen in the spring.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/11/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The view at the end is worth all of the bumps along the way. Sent for a day trip but want to go camping for the weekend. The lake is small right now, ate lunch IN the lake. Full of fish! The road in was rocky and bumpy. If you are able to air down your tires, I would recommend it. My buddy had a black bear cub cross the road in front of him. Can’t wait to go back!
Rated 5/5
Visited: 08/12/2021

This trail is fun, not too technical and the lake at the end is a great reward. A word of warning though...from hwy 35 it is a solid 2 hours plus to the lake. The trail is very rocky which makes for a slow slog. Stock trucks and suv's will make it just fine but be prepared for a long, bumpy ride. The views along the way are spectacular though! Also, bring a paddle board, canoe and/or fishing gear to make the most of your time around the lake. I will be going back for sure!
Visited: 08/07/2021

Fun trail. There are quite a few long stretches that are smooth sailing, and just as many narrow rocky spots to challenge you. It is probably worst going around the butte on the shelf road, which is just before you get to the lake. Bring a fishing pole!

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