If you can stand the bugs, this is a very pleasant, well-shaded hike with a very rewarding view at the top. It's a short hike, doable in a day for most hikers.
Start at the Mosquito Meadows trailhead, where you begin hiking on the Mosquito Meadows Trail 292. A mile-long gentle climb brings you to the Boundary Trail, where you can turn left towards Badger Lake, and then hike for two miles along a tree-covered ridge that affords occasional glimpses of Mount Hood and the surrounding forests.
Right before you reach Badger Lake, come to another junction. Here you turn off the Boundary Trail onto the Badger Ridge Trail 257. Continuing on the Boundary Trail 1 will lead you past Badger Lake, a junction with Synder Pasture 80A, Shark Rock, Craggy Peak and beyond. Staying on Trail 257, Follow it up a steep slope for one quarter-mile and take the 257A fork right. Yes, you have to keep climbing, but you're nearly there! Follow the steep trail for another half-mile to the summit of Badger Peak. From the bald summit, you'll revel in breathtaking views of Mounts Hood, Adams, Rainier, and St. Helens, and you can see the sharp fin of Shark Rock as well as the rocks of nearby Craggy Peak.
- 7.5 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 1,700 feet
- Highest Point
- 5,664 feet
Hiking Badger Peak
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 46.3097, -121.9303 Open in Google Maps