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Alpine Trail #3450

Length: 5.5 miles (8.8 km)
Use: Moderate
Difficulty: More Difficult
Recommended Season: April - December
Begins: 1,200 ft. elevation at intersection with forest
Ends: 3,500 ft. elevation at old Buckhead Shelter site
Access: Proceed east from Oakridge Ranger Station towards Westfir. At Hemlock turn left on forest road 5821. Follow 5821 through Hemlock to trailhead, about 1 mile.
Horse Suitability: Good
Bicycle Suitability: Fair - Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Fair - Good
Recreational Setting: Natural forest environment offering a degree of solitude

Trail Description: This trail first traverses a ridge at a moderate climb and enters meadows on top of the ridge. It then crosses road 5828 and runs next to spur road 585. After 1/4 mile it heads up into the woods for another 1/4 mile before encountering the same spur again. It follows this spur, then drops onto an old road grade for a while before crossing road 5828 near the junction of road 687. Here the trail is good, running below Buckhead Mountain for over a mile before coming out onto an excellent view. It then encounters road 1910 683, continues on and ties in with the Tire Mountain Trail on the Lowell Ranger District. This trail is also part of the Eugene-to-Crest trail.

Abernethy Lake Trail #3671

Length: 0.7 miles (1.1 km)
Use: Light
Difficulty: Easy
Recommended Season: June - October
Begins: 4,600 ft. elevation off of Forest Road 5889-501
Ends: 5,000 ft. elevation at Abernethy Lake
Access: Proceed east from Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 30 miles to road 5889. Follow 5889 to the right about 1 mile to Pengra Pass. Here follow the 501 spur to the right towards Abernethy and trailhead on left. This is about 2 miles past Pengra Pass. Road 5899-501 is a poor road.
Water Availability: Deer Creek, Abernethy Lake
Horse Suitability: Fair
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Poor
Recreational Setting: Near Primitive forest environment with opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: From the end of road 501 this trail can be found on the other side of Deer Creek, at the edge of the woods above some alders. The trail follows above Deer Creek, up the drainage. A small lake is on the left and Abernethy Lake a short ways beyond.

Aubrey Mountain Trail #3554

Length: 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
Use: Moderate
Difficulty: More Difficult
Recommended Season: Year round
Begins: 2,400 ft. elevation at end of Forest Road 24-205
Ends: 2,700 ft. elevation in meadow at top of Aubrey Mountain
Access: proceed east from Oakridge Ranger Station to Oakridge. Turn left at the signal to downtown. From downtown Oakridge proceed east on Forest road 24 (Salmon Creek Road) about 4 miles to road 205. Follow 205 to the right about 2 1/2 miles. Trailhead takes off from the Eugene-to-Crest trail across from road 208 spur.
Water Availability: None
Horse Suitability: Good
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Natural forest environment with opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: This trail starts a few feet down the Eugene-to-Crest trail. It contours below road 205 and climbs at a steady grade, crosses the end of the road above a harvested area and then enters the woods. The trail in the woods follows rolling terrain before entering a large meadow. The top of the mountain offers a beautiful meadow, good views of the Hills Creek Reservoir, and numerous rocky outcroppings along the Salt Creek drainage.

Betty Lake Trail #3664

Length: 1.7 miles (2.7 km)
Use: Heavy
Difficulty: Easy
Recommended Season: July - October
Begins: 5,500 ft. elevation at the Waldo Lake Road (5897)
Ends: 5,500 ft. elevation at the Waldo Lake Trail #3590
Access: Proceed east from Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 27 miles to Waldo Lake road 5897. Follow 5897 for 5 1/2 miles to trailhead on left.
Water Availability: Betty Lake
Horse Suitability: Good
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Natural forest environment with good opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: From Waldo Road, Betty Lake is easily reached in a few minutes. From here the trail follows easy grades past several other lakes, and ends at Waldo Lake trail. There are several good campsites along the shore of Betty Lake. The short distance into this lake makes it a popular spot for those interested in carrying a lightweight fishing boat and camping gear.

Bobby Lake Trail #3663

Length: 1.5 miles (2.4 km)
Use: Heavy
Difficulty: Easy
Recommended Season: July - October
Begins: 5,500 ft. elevation at the Waldo Lake Road 5897
Ends: 5,400 ft. elevation at Bobby Lake
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 27 miles to Waldo Lake Road 5897. Follow Waldo Road for 5 1/2 miles to trailhead on the right.
Water Availability: Bobby Lake
Horse Suitability: Good
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Near primitive forest environment with good opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: This easy walking trail wanders through a mountain hemlock forest and crosses the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail down to Bobby Lake. Grades are easy. The relatively short distance and easy grades makes this is an ideal trail for small children. The lake offers good fishing, swimming, and several good campsites. The trail continues along the north shore of the lake and into the Deschutes National Forest, coming out on a forest road in the Davis Lake area. Check with the Crescent Ranger District on the Deschutes NF for more information.

Blair Lake Trail #3553

Length: 15.9 miles (25 km)
Use: Light to Heavy
Difficulty: More Difficult
Recommended Season: June - October
Begins: 4,800 ft. elevation near the end of road 1934-741, in a meadow northwest of Blair Lake Campground
Ends: 5,200 ft. elevation at Taylor Bum Forest Camp
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 to Oakridge. From downtown Oakridge proceed east on Salmon Creek Road (24) for 9 miles to Road 1934. Follow 1934 for 8 miles to Road 733. Follow Road 733 to Rd. 741. Turn left and proceed a short distance to trailhead on right.
Water Availability: Blair Lake, Lower Quinn Lake.
Horse Suitability: Good
Bicycle Suitability: Fair - Closed from Road 2117-250 to Taylor Burn
Motorcycle Suitability: Fair - Closed from Road 1934-730 to Taylor Burn
Recreational Setting: Near primitive forest environment with good opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: The trail follows a meadow around the north end of the lake and begins to climb out of the basin. It climbs gradually to Rd. 730 and Spring Prairie, and then follows the road above the meadow, offering good views. After about 3/8 of a mile the trail leaves the road and follows a ridge through rolling country. The trail passes just above road 2417-254 where it enters the Waldo Lake Wilderness. It drops gently off the ridge by way of switchbacks and then climbs out to the junction of trail #3565. From here the trail runs along a side slope with several moderately steep grades. The trail passes the Winchester Trail and after about 1/2 mile good views can be seen to the north from a rock rim. It then crosses the Lower Quinn Lake outlet continuing past the Six Lakes, Moolack Lake and Shale Ridge Trails. From Shale Ridge it drops steeply into the North fork drainage. The North Fork can usually be crossed on nearby logs found off to the right of the trail. It then climbs steeply out of the drainage and follows an old road grade to Taylor Bum Campground.

Devils Garden Trail #3665

Length: 1.2 miles (0.9 km)
Use: Light
Difficulty: More Difficult
Recommended Season: June - October
Begins: 4,100 ft. elevation above railroad tunnel
Ends: 5,200 ft. elevation at Devils Garden Meadow
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 20 miles to Forest Road 5884. Follow 5884 to the right for about 6 miles past climbing, winding switchbacks. Take right onto spur Road 5884-390 and follow it up to the railroad tracks to the trailhead on top of the tunnel.
Water Availability: Seasonal Creeks
Horse Suitability: Fair
Bicycle Suitability: Fair
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Near primitive forest environment with opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: This trail begins on a rocky knob above the railroad tunnel. It follows the drainage up, crossing several old road grades. Within the first mile, views of the surrounding area are offered. The trail then begins to switchback and climb, finally entering a canyon and leveling off somewhat, eventually reaching Devils Garden Meadow. The word Devil carved into a tree at the edge of the meadow and a small lake in the bottom of the canyon are distinctive features of this area. An old trail once continued on to Wolf Mountain. This trail offers a primitive wildland experience in an unroaded canyon.

Charlton Lake Trail #3593

Length: 1.1 miles (1.8 km)
Use: Moderate to Heavy
Difficulty: Easy
Recommended Season: July - October
Begins: 5,400 ft. elevation at the Waldo Lake Trail #3590, near Islet Campground
Ends: 5,700 ft. elevation at Charlton Lake
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 27 miles to Waldo Lake Road #5897. Follow Waldo Road 11 miles to Road 5898 towards North Waldo and Islet Campgrounds. Then turn left on 5898 towards Islet Campground; trailhead is on the left just after passing the Dump Station.
Water Availability: Islet Campground, Charlton Lake
Horse Suitability: Good
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Near primitive forest environment with good opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: This trail leaves the Waldo Lake trail #3590 near Islet Campground, crosses the road just North of the trailer dumping station, and enters the woods. A moderate grade takes one to the main Waldo Lake Road, where the trail crosses, and continues through the woods to Rd. 4290. Crossing the road it continues on to Charlton Lake. The Pacific Crest Trail is crossed just before reaching the lake. This is a popular, non-motorized fishing lake. There are several good camping sites on the western shore. Most people access this lake by driving to the trailhead on Road 4290 and walking 1/4 mile. Several interesting day hikes can be made on the surrounding trails. Early in the season... watch out for the mosquitoes!

Flat Creek Trail #3566

Length: 2.5 miles (4 km)
Use: Heavy
Difficulty: Easy
Recommended Season: Year round
Begins: 1,400 ft. elevation at Forest Road 2404
Ends: 3,000 ft. elevation at Forest Road 2409-210
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 to Oakridge. Turn left at the signal to downtown. From downtown Oakridge proceed east on Salmon Creek Road (24) for 2 miles to road 2404, just above the Rigdon Ranger Station. Follow 2404 for 1/2 mile to trailhead on left.
Water Availability: Flat Creek
Horse Suitability: Good
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Good
Recreational Setting: Natural forest environment offering a degree of solitude

Trail Description: The trail begins by crossing a creek and traversing a slope above Flat Creek for about 1/4 mile. Switchbacks climb several grassy areas and afford views of the valley below. Chantrelles and Oregon Grape can be found in the fall. The forest consists of tall young firs, and a few areas of older, larger trees. The trail winds several times until it follows along the top of a ridge to another viewpoint. This trail provides access to Dead Mountain by proceeding 2 miles up Forest Road 210.

Diamond Creek Falls Trail #3598

Length: 2.5 miles (4 km)
Use: Moderate
Difficulty: More Difficult
Recommended Season: June - November
Begins/Ends: 4,000 ft. elevation at the footbridge in the picnic area at the Salt Creek Falls Observation Site
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 26 miles to Forest Road 5893. Follow signs to Salt Creek Falls and the parking lot.
Water Availability: Salt Creek, Too Much Bear Lake, Diamond Creek
Horse Suitability: Closed
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Trail Bike Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Natural forest offering a degree of solitude

Trail Description: Beginning at the footbridge this scenic loop trail follows along the canyon rims of Salt and Diamond Creek. There are several viewing points along this rim route with great views of the Salt Creek Canyon and Lower Diamond Creek Falls. Also 1/4 mile up the trail a short spur trail leads to Too Much Bear Lake. The trail passes several harvested areas and continues on where it intersects with a spur trail, which leads to the base of Upper Diamond Creek Falls. This spur trail contains a unique log stairway and a large Cedar log footbridge that lead the hiker to a breathtaking view of the falls. Just a short distance past the junction on the main trail another viewpoint offers a picture perfect view of the waterfall. A short distance past the viewpoint, the trail splits. The Vivian Lake trail takes off to the south and the Diamond Creek Falls trail goes east and crosses Forest Road 5893 420. Here you can look back and see the cliffs of Mt. David Douglas. The trail continues through the forest crossing Road 5893 420 once again and heads north east back to Salt Creek Falls Observation Site.

Gold Lake Trail #3677

Length: 3.8 miles (6.1 km)
Use: Moderate
Difficulty: More Difficult
Recommended Season: June - October
Begins: 4,800 ft. elevation at the end of Gold Lake Road (west end of Gold Lake Campground)
Ends: 5,500 ft. elevation at the Bobby Lake Trail #3663
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 29 miles to Gold Lake Road 58-500. Follow the Gold Lake Road for 2 miles to the west end of the Campground.
Water Availability: Gold Lake, Ray Creek
Horse Suitability: Good - Note: Horses are not allowed in the campground itself.
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Near primitive forest environment with good opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: The trail starts at Gold Lake Campground. About 1/8 mile up the trail, a short spur takes off to the left to Waldo road and the Fuji Mountain trailhead. The Gold Lake trail passes Gold Lake and continues toward Gold Lake Bog. Gold Lake Bog is an area of special interest. See the Identification and Gathering Section of this Guide for more information on its unique features. Near the Mt. Ray Trail it crosses two creeks and then heads north on easy grades until it intersects with the Bobby Lake Trail.

Fuji Mountain Trail #3674

Length: 5.6 miles (9.3 km)
Use: Moderate
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Recommended Season: July - October
Begins: 4,800 ft. elevation at the Waldo Lake Road 5897
Ends: 7,144 ft. elevation at the top of Fuji Mountain
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 27 miles to Waldo Lake Road 5897. Follow 5897 for 1 1/2 miles to trailhead on the left.
Water Availability: Birthday Lake
Horse Suitability: Good
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Near primitive forest environment with good opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: The trail follows a long switchback up a steep ridge. It then levels off and passes through rolling country with a few short pitches. It passes within view of Birthday Lake and crosses the South Waldo Trail #3586. Here the trail climbs up a hillside, then drops down and traverses a slope to a trail junction. The right fork leads to the top of Fuji Mountain and the left fork drops down 1/4 mile to road 5883.

Marilyn Lakes Trail #3689

Length: 1 mile (1.6 km)
Use: Moderate
Difficulty: Easy
Recommended Season: June - October
Begins: 4,800 ft. elevation at Gold Lake Campground parking area
Ends: 5,000 ft. elevation at the Gold Lake Road 58-500
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 29 miles to Gold Lake Road 58-500. Follow Gold Lake Road to the parking lot in Gold Lake Campground and trailhead on left.
Water Availability: Gold Lake Campground, Marilyn Lakes
Horse Suitability: Good - Note: Horses are not allowed in the campground and horse users should start at the trailhead along Gold Lake Road.
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Natural forest environment offering a degree of solitude

Trail Description: From Gold Lake Campground, this trail runs along the edge of the woods adjacent to a meadow. It crosses the meadow 1/4 mile in and travels through the woods on a gradual grade. About one half mile down the trail, a short trail takes off to Lower Marilyn Lake. The main trail travels through rolling country and comes out at Upper Marilyn Lake near the outlet. The trail then follows the shoreline to the east side where it turns upland and crosses a flat. It continues up a moderate grade to the trailhead on Gold Lake Road. Views of Diamond Peak across the upper lake are beautiful.

Maiden Peak Trail #3681

Length: 5.8 miles (9.3 km)
Use: Light to Moderate
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Recommended Season: July - October
Begins: 4,800 ft. elevation at the intersection with Gold Lake Road
Ends: 7,818 ft. elevation at the top of Maiden Peak
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 29 miles to Gold Lake Road 58 500. Follow Gold Lake Road for 1 1/2 miles to trailhead on the right.
Water Availability: Skyline Creek
Horse Suitability: Good
Bicycle Suitability: Fair
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Primitive forest environment with maximum opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: Beginning on the Gold Lake Road, the trail winds up one switchback, then begins gradual ascent on a moderate grade, offering views of the immediate countryside. One hundred yards before reaching the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail junction the trail crosses Skyline Creek. A short distance from here, it goes through some flats and then begins the long climb to the top. It winds steeply at first then traverses the hillside more gradually. Continuing through some rocky areas and past small ponds, it begins to climb steeply again. After passing through a small meadow, the trail levels off. As the trail approaches the east flank it turns and heads north up the south side and through rubble rock. After passing a small crater on the left the trail follows a ridge to the top. From the top, the trail descends the east side and continues on to the Deschutes National Forest.

Mule Mountain Trail #3553A

Length: 0.6 mile (1 km)
Use: Light
Difficulty: Easy
Recommended Season: June - October
Begins: 5,200 ft. elevation. This is a spur off of the Blair Lake Trail #3553. It leaves the Blair Lake trail a short ways in from Road 1934-730.
Ends: 5,470 ft. elevation at the top of Mule Mountain
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 to Oakridge. From downtown Oakridge proceed east on Salmon Creek Road (#24) for 9 miles to Road 1934 (Blair Lake turnoff). Follow 1934 for 7 miles to Road 730. Follow Road 730 for 5.5 miles to junction Blair Lake trail (0.5 miles before the end of the road).
Water Availability: Blair Lake
Horse Suitability: Good
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Natural forest environment offering a degree of solitude

Trail Description: This short climb up Mule Mountain offers outstanding views of Diamond Peak and the Three Sisters. The trail ends in a meadow, a perfect place for a picnic.

Mt. Ray Trail #3682

Length: 4.8 miles (8.7 km)
Use: Moderate
Difficulty: More Difficult
Recommended Season: July - October
Begins: 5,000 ft. elevation at the Waldo Lake Road #5898
Ends: 5,500 ft. elevation at the intersection with the High Divide Trail #3572
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 27 miles to Waldo Lake Road (#5898). Follow Waldo Road for 4 miles to trailhead on the left.
Water Availability: Ray Creek
Horse Suitability: Good until trail drops to Black Meadow; then it is poor
Bicycle Suitability: Good - Note: Trail is closed at the junction of the South Waldo Trail as it enters Waldo Lake Wilderness.
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Near primitive forest environment with opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: The trail follows the Ray Creek drainage on moderate grades, running through Pothole Meadows and climbing steeper to the South Waldo Trail. From here it climbs steeply through rolling country. It then drops down steeply into Black Meadows and meets the High Divide Trail.

South Waldo Trail #3586

Length: 7.8 miles (12.5 km)
Use: Moderate
Difficulty: More Difficult
Recommended Season: July - October
Begins: 4,500 ft. elevation at Road 5894
Ends: 5,400 ft. elevation at the South Waldo Shelter
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 26 miles on Fuji Road (#5894). Turn left on 5894 and continue for about 1 1/2 miles to the trailhead on the left.
Water Availability: Numerous small ponds, Island Lakes
Horse Suitability: Good
Bicycle Suitability: Good - Note: Closed from the junction of Mt. Ray trail to the South Waldo Shelter as this is in the Waldo Lake Wilderness.
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Near primitive forest environment with opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: This trail climbs steeply above Road 5894 to flatter country. From here the grade is rolling, passing numerous small ponds, crossing the Fuji Mt. trail, passing Island Lakes, and continuing on to the Mt. Ray trail. At this point the trail enters the Waldo Lake Wilderness and is closed to bicycles. From this junction, the trail follows rolling grades toward Waldo Lake. Near the end it drops down around a meadow just behind the South Waldo Shelter and ties into the Waldo Lake Trail. The Upper and Lower Island Lakes are exceptionally clear and beautiful.

Sardine Butte Trail #3564

Length: 0.5 miles (0.8 km)
Use: Light
Difficulty: Easy
Recommended Season: May - October
Begins: 5,000 ft. elevation at the end of Forest Road 1926-570
Ends: 5,214 ft. elevation at the top of Sardine Butte
Access: From Westfir proceed north on Aufderheide Drive (Forest Road 19) for 16 miles to Forest Road 1926. Follow Road 1926 for 10 miles to Road 1926-570, just past MP10. Road 570 takes off from a rock quarry. Proceed on Road 570 approximately 4 miles to the trailhead. The last mile of this road may be impassable due to rock and brushy conditions and may need to be walked to the trailhead.
Water Availability: None
Horse Suitability: Fair
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Near primitive forest environment with opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: This short climb to the top of Sardine Butte and to an old lookout site offers good views of the Cascade peaks and drainages. It is a long drive, but an easy climb. If you're in the area, it's well worth your time.

Twins Peak Trail #3595

Length: 3.3 miles (5.3 km)
Use: Moderate
Difficulty: Most Difficult
Recommended Season: July - October
Begins: 5,500 ft. elevation at the with Waldo Road (5897)
Ends: 7,400 ft. elevation at top of Twins Peak
Access: Proceed east from Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 27 miles to Waldo Road 5897. Follow 5897 for 6 miles to trailhead on right.
Water Availability: None
Horse Suitability: Good
Bicycle Suitability: Fair
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Primitive forest environment with maximum opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: The trail begins with a gradual ascent towards the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCNST), which it reaches in less than 2 miles. After crossing the PCNST, it begins to climb steeper and heads east around the south side of Twins Peak. This trail takes the hiker through a dry Hemlock and Pine forest with areas of exposed rock and boulders. A scramble off of the trail through pumice soils takes one to the top for a spectacular view of the Waldo Lake area, as well as Sisters and Diamond Peaks. This trail continues on northward toward Found Lake and Gerdine Butte, but is sometimes difficult to locate.

Spirit Lake Trail #3584

Length: 0.5 miles (.8 km)
Use: Moderate
Difficulty: Easy
Recommended Season: June - October
Begins: 4,800 ft. elevation at Forest Road 2422
Ends: 5,200 ft. elevation at Spirit Lake
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 to Oakridge. From downtown Oakridge proceed east on Salmon Creek Road (24) for about 13 miles to the junction of Road 2422. From here proceed left on 2422 for 9 miles to trailhead on right. Across from the Waldo Meadows Trailhead.
Water Availability: Spirit Lake
Horse Suitability: Good
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Fair
Recreational Setting: Near primitive forest environment with good opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: The trail contours and climbs towards the outlet of the lake. It follows the outlet drainage before reaching the lake and large meadows.

Waldo Lake Trail #3590

Length: 21.8 miles (35 km)
Use: Moderate to Heavy
Difficulty: More Difficult
Recommended Season: July - October
Begins/Ends: 5,400 ft. elevation at the North Waldo Campground parking lot (boat launch area)
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 27 miles to Waldo Lake Road 5897. Follow 5897 and then 5898 to North Waldo Campground. Trailhead is on the north side of the upper boat launch parking area. Note: Trail may also be accessed at Islet and Shadow Bay campgrounds and Haralson Horse Camp.
Water Availability: Waldo Lake (miles)
Horse Suitability: Good, although horses are not allowed in the campground area, and the trail must be accessed from the Haralson Horse Camp.
Bicycle Suitability: Good - Cyclists must stay on trail 3590; trails leaving this trail are portals into the Waldo Lake Wilderness, which is closed to bicycles.
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Near primitive forest environment with good opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: This loop trail around Waldo Lake consists mostly of easy grades through rolling country. The only exception is the area south of Green Lake where several short, fairly steep pitches exist. There are numerous primitive campsites around the lake, many are best accessed by boat. Much of the trail is out of view of the lake, but there are several sections open for viewing. A short spur trail at Klovdahl Bay leads to an interpretive sign telling about the tunnel through the mountain. Portions of the west and south side of the trail offers views of Mt. Bachelor, Broken Top, and the Middle and South Sister. A shelter at the south end of the lake offers a good resting spot.

Verdun Trail #3686

Length: 2.5 miles (4 km)
Use: Light
Difficulty: More Difficult
Recommended Season: June - October
Begins: 4,300 ft. elevation at Road 5883
Ends: 5,000 ft. elevation at Hells Hall Acre
Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 for 16 miles to Forest Road 5883. Follow 5883 1/2 miles to trailhead on the right.
Water Availability: Creek near trailhead
Horse Suitability: Good
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Near primitive forest environment with opportunity for solitude

Trail Description: From Road 5883, the trail winds up the drainage, getting progressively steeper. After 1/2 mile it flattens out somewhat, going through several meadows in the next 1/2 mile before entering the woods. Near the edge of one of these meadows is one of the largest Noble Firs on the district. From here, moderate grades take one around the north side of the mountain, then south up the drainage. The trail crosses a creek just before entering a large meadow, Hell's Half Acre. If cyclists venture a short distance from the meadow they are rewarded with a great view of Diamond Peak.

Warm Springs Trail #3582

Length: 0.3 miles (0.5 km)
Use: Heavy
Difficulty: Easy
Recommended Season: Year round
Begins: 1,800 ft. elevation at intersection with forest Road 1934
Ends: 1,800 ft. elevation at Warm Springs

Access: Proceed east from the Oakridge Ranger Station on Hwy. 58 to Oakridge. Turn left at the signal to downtown Oakridge. From downtown Oakridge proceed east on Salmon Creek Road (#24) for 9 miles to Blair Lake Road (1934). Follow Road 1934 north for about 1/2 mile to trailhead on left.
Water Availability: Wall Creek
Horse Suitability: Closed
Bicycle Suitability: Good
Motorcycle Suitability: Closed
Recreational Setting: Natural forest environment offering a degree of solitude

Trail Description: The trail follows a creek through old growth forest. The grade is basically level with the trail ending at Warm Springs.


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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