Updated: Nov 8, 2022
A kid-friendly, alpine lake in Mount Hood National Forest.
Lake Name: Buck Lake Lake Coordinates: 45.1108, -121.8722 Lake Elevation: 4000′ Access: Trail Distance: 1.1 miles (round trip)
Elevation Range: 4004' to 4102'
Ascent/Descent: +152 ft /-147 ft Type of Trail: In and out
Trails: Buck Lake Trail #728 Note: The trail to the lake was mostly uphill. This lake seemed to be accessed more than some of the other lakes I’ve been to. It seemed a bit more trashy. Date hiked: 11-16-19
The start of the trail didn’t have a marked trailhead sign. There was a blank bulletin board in the small parking area. We weren’t sure if we were at the right place, but we followed the trail and it led to the lake. The trail to the lake was mostly uphill with a few flat sections. The trail was well marked and easy to follow.
Buck Lake was one of my least favorite lakes we went to on our lake hopping day. Someone had a tarp covering a pile of wood and there was trash laying around. It just felt trashy and wasn’t as “untouched” as the others.
The one cool thing we saw were some ducks on the other side of the lake fighting with each other in the water. They were rather loud and it was interesting to watch. I’ve seen some pictures of what it looks like during the summer and the water is definitely prettier. I just personally prefer feeling like I’m in the middle of nowhere in a place that is untouched by others and this lake wasn’t that for me.
We didn’t spend much time at the lake. We took some pictures and grabbed a snack to munch on for the way back. I wasn’t able to get any good pictures of the lake, the one above was the best one I got. It at least shows what the lake looks like.
How to get there (from Portland, OR)
Lake Coordinates: 45.1108, -121.8722
Clackamas Ranger District Map Location: T5S R8E S30
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