4.4 miles round-trip, 1140 feet elevation change. Climb to 4700 ft Chinidere's peak or to the snow line. Here's what Tom Kloster has to say on Portland Hikers: "This trip around stately Wahtum Lake is the classic mountain hike, featuring wildflowers, lake vistas, spectacular mountain views and even a rushing stream, all packed into an easy loop hike within the boundaries of the Hatfield Wilderness. The view of Mount Hood from the rocky summit of Chinidere Mountain is among the finest in the Columbia Gorge high country."
With a fabulous meadow wildflower display, the view into the Eagle Creek canyon, far below is spectacular. At the top the view is expansive and includes the big Cascade volcanoes from Mount Rainier to Mount Jefferson, with Mount Hood taking center stage. Wahtum Lake shimmers far below, and the rugged peaks of the Hatfield Wilderness surround you, including the massive ridge of Tomlike Mountain to the east, broad Indian Mountain to the south and looming Tanner Butte to the west. The broad, flat expanse of Benson Plateau rounds out the view to the north.
Plan to camp with me at Wahtum Lake that night--or head to Lost Lake for less primitive and more pricey car camping facilities. Then join me for the Lost Lake and Lost Butte trip on Sunday.