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Lolo Pass is a mountain pass six miles (10 km) northwest of Mount Hoodmarker and ten miles (16 km) northeast of Zigzag, Oregonmarker, on the Clackamasmarker/Hood Rivermarker county line. It divides the Sandy River watershed on the southwest from the Hood River watershed on the northeast.

At , it provides a much lower crossing of the Cascade Range near Mount Hoodmarker than the Oregon Route 35 Bennett Pass on the southeast side. Access from the southwest side of the pass is paved all the way to the pass, where the road changes to gravel, heading down the northeast side of the pass.

The road through the pass was initially established by Native American, as a trading route connecting the Willamette Valley and sites at the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorgemarker like Celilo Fallsmarker. In 1838, Daniel Lee (nephew of missionary Jason Lee) drove livestock across the pass, while traveling east to establish a new Methodist mission at Wascopam. He was the first westerner known to have used the trail. The trail was then used as one of the final legs of the Oregon Trail; settlers arriving from The Dallesmarker would often drive their livestock over the pass while their families floated down the river. The 1846 construction of the Barlow Roadmarker provided a less daunting alternate route around the south side of Mount Hood.

Lolo Pass is one of the milestones along the Pacific Crest Trail, though not a particularly low point for the region. By five miles south of Lolo Pass, the Pacific Crest Trail has dropped to 2800 feet (850 m) and, of course, much lower to the north at the Columbia River. A small campsite is located along the trail just south of the forest service road.

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