Badger Lake Road

Government Camp, Oregon (HoodRiver County)

Last Updated: 04/03/2021
4.7 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: 04/01 - 12/01
Length: 3.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 5292 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Government Camp
Nearest Town w/ Services: Government Camp
Official Road Name: 4860-130
Management Agency: Mount Hood National Forest
District: Barlow Ranger District
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Highlights

Highlight: Badger Lake Road
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.

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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail starts at Grasshopper Road. Signs marking Badger Lake Road indicate that the road is not appropriate for buses or trailers. There is ample room here for a large group to get together before proceeding down the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 45.280860, -121.548170

Starting Point: Government Camp

This trail starts at waypoint 14 on Grasshopper Road.

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Trail Reviews (16)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The trail is now open for the season. There is likely still snow on the trail at this point but in a few months everything will dry out.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
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This trail is now closed for the winter. It will reopen on 1 April although the trail is often impassable due to snow until later in the spring.

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Status: Open
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Very fun drive. Quite narrow in most parts, but clearance is fine in a stock truck/suv. No snow as of 11/01. The lake bed is nice and muddy at the moment. Most of the water is gone.

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Status: Open
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This trail is indeed open, and the warm weather has made access rather straightforward. That said, access to the lake is downhill, and the drive back uphill would be challenging without 4wd through a couple spots. The water level is very low, and not nearly as picturesque as other photos online. But, the changing fall weather foliage makes for a very colorful and scenic drive. You can walk around the parameter of the lake -- just pack boots -- the mud can suck the shoes right off your feet. We only saw one other truck out there today -- almost no traffic in the area. Very peaceful area.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This trail is now open after the closure due to fire danger and the windstorm that happened several weeks ago. More information is here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD811247

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
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Due to extreme fire danger, the Mount Hood National Forest is closed to visitors. https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/mthood/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD800449

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Status: Open
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Fun trail with an incredible destination. Trail is in decent condition but a little overgrown in parts so expect pinstriping if your in a full size. Camping areas were in great shape and the lake was beautiful. Lots of traffic so watch for oncoming in the corners. I did see a mini Cooper at the lake. Gotta hand it to that guy but I wouldn't recommend it!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The lands on and around Mount Hood are now entering fire season. Please observe precautions, restrictions, and closures as posted on the USFS website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/mthood/fire

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The trail is now open for the year. However, please be mindful of local closures due to COVID-19 and local snow conditions. While the trail is open, it may not be passable until the snow melts a bit more, especially for less built rigs.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
The trail is now closed for the season.

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Status: Open
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Made my way down to Badger Lake today. The road is super fun and with some ice and mud just slightly challenging in places. The lake was low and not nearly as scenic as the pictures in the guide. I'd suggest another time of year to camp or hang out and enjoy the lake.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The trail is now open for the season although there is still a lot of snow around.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
The trail is now closed for the season to protect winter wildlife habitat. Please respect the closure to help conserve our hunting resources.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Impassable
Offroaded on:
While the trail is still technically open, there is enough snow now that is all but impassable.

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Status: Open
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Drove to the lake yesterday and road is good. Water level in the lake is super super low so there is no water crossing. Trail is wide enough that I don't believe any bad scratches on the 4runner. Very dusty but road is good to go. There were a few full size SUV's down there and a gentleman in a 2wd Jeep Liberty followed us without issue. He said he had been going into the lake for some 30 years now and used to do it on horseback. There was a 2wd stock height Toyota down there but I doubt it was a fun drive out. With enough momentum I'm sure he made it but not without some scraping here and there.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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This is such a pretty trail, especially along the shelf road where there are views of the nearby ridgelines. We saw a lot of campers at the official campground by the lake and at the dispersed camping around the lake. It was pretty surprising to see some Subarus at the parking lot by the water crossing but they did have body damage so there's that...

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Douglas Van Bossuyt

Mapping Crew - Oregon

Douglas grew up riding in the back of pickups in Oregon and California. He comes from a long line of overlanders and adventurers dating back to the Mayflower and the Oregon Trail. During a stint working in Colorado, Douglas fell in love with the offroad scene and immediately gravitated toward the Toyota crowd. His first 4x4 was a 1988 Toyota 4runner nicknamed Goldilocks. After a year of running many of the iconic trails throughout the front range in the fully stock Goldilocks running on bald tires, it was time for an upgrade. Goldilocks went off to a new home and the Albino Rhino came home. The Albino Rhino is a built 1986 Toyota 4runner ready for any adventure anywhere at any time. During the week, Douglas works on systems engineering and architecture problems in California. Douglas also enjoys backpacking -- especially in the central Sierras in California -- scuba diving along the Oregon and California coasts, and riding his motorcycle on the Pacific Coast Highway. Most weeknights you can find Douglas under his truck in the driveway performing maintenance or fixing the latest trail damage.
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