The serene lake just off the far end of this easy, almost level trail is surrounded by a flower-filled bog. Ospreys, dragonflies, and other wildlife enjoy this area. On the way there, you pass through moist woods and Black Wolf Meadow, a large wet meadow with a small meandering creek. This is a terrific place to see all sorts of moisture-loving plants including gorgeous stands of king’s gentian (Gentiana sceptrum) in late summer. Be aware that rubber boots are usually needed to cross this trail for much of the season and are essential for exploring any of the bogs. If you go early in the summer, drive over to nearby High Rock for rock-loving plants and a great view.
Trail: 2.6 miles round trip (4150–4020′)
Location: eastern Clackamas County; Mt. Hood National Forest, Clackamas River Ranger District
USGS Map: Wolf Peak; T5S.R8E.S8,17
Habitats: lake, bog, wet meadow, creek, forest
Bloom: mid-June to August
From Estacada, head southeast on Hwy 224 for 26 miles to Ripplebrook. Just south of Ripplebrook Campground, turn left on Road 57 and continue for 7.4 miles. Turn left onto Road 58 for 6.2 miles and turn right onto gravel Road 160 for 0.5 mile. The trailhead and small pulloff are on the left.
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