The Hunts Cove and Coyote Lake Loop offers a chance to backpack through some of the most beautiful terrain in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. Along the 18.25-mile loop you will pass several alpine lakes and enjoy countless amazing views of Mount Jefferson.
From the trailhead, follow the Pamelia Lake Trail for just over 2 miles until you arrive at the namesake lake. Pamelia Lake is the largest lake on the loop, and many excellent campsites are scattered along its shore. Take a right and follow Hunts Creek Trail past the lake. The trail gains a decent amount of elevation until it reaches Hunts Cove Trail. Take a left and follow this trail until you reach Hunts Cove, just a short distance away.
Hunts Cove is filled with lush meadows, and two main lakes can be found. Campsites abound, and spending a night here is not a bad decision. Once you’ve had your fill of Hunts Cove, there are two options: 1) Continue to follow the Hunts Cove Trail up to the PCT. This route takes almost 2 miles off the loop, but it misses out on some incredible vistas. 2) Backtrack to Hunts Creek Trail and follow it to the PCT. This route follows the entire rim above Hunts Cove. Whichever way you chose, you will eventually end up at the PCT. Once there, head north. The PCT passes by Shale and Coyote Lakes, each a great option for spending the night. The trail then loses a considerable amount of elevation before coming to a junction with Hunts Creek Trail. Take a left and follow it until it rejoins the Pamelia Lake Trail, then return the way you came.
A special permit (costing $10) is needed since this is a limited entry area. A Northwest Forest Pass is also required for parking at the trailhead.