Ascent of Buck Peak on 2012-09-15

Climber: Jason Vogler

Date:Saturday, September 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Buck Peak
    Elevation:4751 ft / 1448 m

Ascent Trip Report

Perfect day for a Hike in the cascades with the temps in the high 70's and not a cloud in the sky. Left the Portland area around 9 AM out on highway 84 East. Took Exit 62 near Hood River OR onto Hwy 30 East. Took a Right up 13th Street which became 12th Street in short order. Followed this road a few miles until I hit 281 South (the road to 281 takes several 90 degree turns as it winds it way back towards the hwy) You will turn south (left) onto 281 and will pass the small airport on your right. Take 281 out about 3 miles until you Turn Right on Dee Hwy (it is more of a veer to the right than a turn and a steep hill will happen if your go right so don't go up the steep hill). There should also be a sign for Lost Lake here as well. You will have about 6 miles where you will go right on Lost Lake Road (it kind of drops down 30f ft and you will immediately drive over railroad tracks where you will take an immediate left turn on lost lake rd. Follow this road through for about 13 miles until you get to lost lake.

Lost lake is a private resort so you will have a $7 parking fee I recommend looking around a little as the place is a little piece of heaven. There is a great 3 mile hike around the lake if you want to add that to your overall distance. If the front gate does not have an attendant go to the general store and pay just follow the sign it is about 1/4 mile straight ahead.

Once you have paid take the first Left and drive almost a mile back to the furthest parking lot. Otherwise you will add about 2 miles to your round trip from the general store. You want to be as far to the south end of the lake as you can get.

Once you are safely parked make your way down to the lake...can't miss the lake trail! Just at the far south end of the east side of the lake you turn west on the Lake trail about a tenth of a mile or less is a trail that goes off to your Left away from the lake. The sign appeared to be torn down but this is the route you want to go...South away from the lake. About a 1/4 mile you will see several postings and signs that will announce the Huckleberry trail is 1 3/4 miles to the PCT...This is a LIE it is more like 2 1/4 to the PCT. Take this trail up a pretty steady climb up the ridge on the West side of Lost lake.

You should have racked up about 2 1/2 miles or more once you get to the end of the Huckleberry trail to the Pacific Crest Trail as it hits a T. At this point you will go Right (North) along the PCT. You will follow the PCT about 3 1/2 miles along the ridge line with some great views of Lost Lake on occasion. Most of the hike however is in the forest but is well maintained. You will get a few view points of Buck Peak after 2 1/2 miles or so you can see it coming.

At this point you come to a trial that veers off to your left at a "NO Trespassing sign/ NO hunting sign" For whatever reason Buck Peak trail was not marked. You will then follow this trail about 1/4 mile to the summit of Buck Peak giving you a fantastic view of the Northern side of Mt. Hood and Lost Lake. My mileage at this point was about 6 1/2 miles and I finished with a measured 13 1/4.

My last two trips up the huckleberry trail were cold and wet and I had no views of anything so I was happy to see the true grandeur of Mt. Hood and Lost Lake today.

#3 Oregon County High-point's

Highest Point of Multnomah County Marked OFF!
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:13 mi / 20.9 km
    Route:Lost Lake to Buck Peak via PCT
    Start Trailhead:Lost Lake  
Descent Statistics

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