Hike 42
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
North Lake Hike via Wyeth Ridge Trail Hike
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Length:  11.4 miles round trip
Elevation Change:  3840' gain
Season:  Midsummer thru Fall
Difficulty:    Very Difficult due to steepness of trail and length of hike
Permit:   NW Forest Pass Required

This is an excellent hike for endurance. Yet, it is also an excellent adventure hike. The trail begins at the Wyeth Campground trailhead. Just follow the main trail out of the parking area for a short distance, until it comes to a junction with Gorge Trail #400. Make a sharp left at this point and continue on Trail #411.

You will have to cross a major stream within a short distance, and depending on the time of year, this could be a bit of a challenge. After crossing the stream, the trail wanders for just a bit before picking up steam and starting the incredible 1000 feet per mile ascent up Wyeth Ridge.

After climbing 3840' in the first four miles, you then keep left and descend 500 ft before regaining the elevation as you approach North Lake. The climb up the Wyeth Trail offers excellent vistas of the Columbia River Gorge. North Lake is a shallow little lake surrounded by forests and the cliffs of Green Point Ridge.

However, bear left and continue slightly downhill for another half mile where you will break out into an open area with excellent views of Mt. Defiance to the east. Continue another quarter mile and then climb up to the edge of North Lake.... a great reward on a summer day.

Wyeth trail to North Lake
Wyeth trail to North Lake

How to get there:

Wyeth Trailhead: Take I-84 to Exit #51/Wyeth. Turn south, then right onto Herman Creek Rd for 200 yards. Then turn left into the signed Wyeth campground. Follow trailhead signs to the far back of the campground to the parking lot.

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