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  • Writer's pictureTina McLain

Anvil Lake

Updated: Apr 19

A marsh, hidden away lake in Mount Hood National Forest.

Anvil Lake
Anvil Lake at sunset

Lake Name: Anvil Lake Lake Coordinates: 45.1371, -121.8572 Lake Elevation: 4000′ Access: Trail Distance: 0.79 miles (round trip)

Elevation Range: 4004' to 4102'

Ascent/Descent: +152 ft /-147 ft Trail Type: In and out

Trail: Anvil Lake Trail #724

Permits/Fees: None Note: Multiple fallen trees across trail

Location: Near Forest Road 5820 in Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon, U.S.A.

Administration: Mount Hood National Forest

Ranger District: Clackamas River Ranger District Date accessed: 11-16-19

We didn’t start our hike to Anvil Lake until 20 minutes before sunset. It was slowly getting darker in the forest. We weren’t sure how long the hike to the lake was going to be, but after looking at the map we didn’t think it would be more than 0.5 miles one way.

The whole trail was forested. There were a couple downed trees we had to climb over or under, but the trail was easily visible. The hike was a bit uphill yet it wasn’t very steep. We followed the trail to where there was a sign pointing to an off trail that goes down to Anvil Lake. The split off trail went downhill to the lake. We found a spot that took us right down to the lake. It was so peaceful and beautiful!

Out of the many lakes we went to on the day we hiked to Anvil, this one was special. It was so secluded and unique. We watched the sunset and could see the clouds reflection in the lake. We hiked back to the trailhead as it started to get dark. By the time we got back to the truck it was near dusk.

I definitely want to come back to this lake during the daytime when the sun is shining.

There is a meadow beyond Anvil Lake called Black Meadow and next time I’m definitely going to hike to it. Maybe I’ll do it during the summer when the wild flowers are in season.

How to get there (from Portland, OR)


Trail Map

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