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cross country skiing
The Deschutes National Forest is a United States National Forest located in parts of Deschutes, Klamath, Lake, and Jefferson counties in central Oregon. It comprises 1.8 million acres along the east side of the Cascade Range.
This area has miles of trails to ride or hike. Some are family friendly and some are technical. The views of the Cascade Mountain Range are stunning and other trails look out towards Smith Rock. There are picnic tables or ride or hike into town to the 2 fantastic bike shops. One has food carts and brews.
Gorgeous hiking! Several small meadow edges still had paintbrush & wild aster. I took the north lake trail (& forgot to turn on record until much later). I was on a photo shoot hike so didn't quite make it to the lake. Got lots of great painting material though. My painter's eyes were delighted & my feets were happy. Trail follows the south side of the lava flow, so lots of interesting formations & out croppings.
I'd call this one on the easy side of moderate. Not as tough as Black Butte but not a stroll either.
Tru Denton's review has the most accurate directions. I drove straight to it. Signage is for Lava Lake Camp, as he says.
Highly recommend this hike! It's fun going through the lava bed area and up to little belknap. Great 360 views and if your feeling up to it afterwards head over to big belknap for an even better view. We camped in the Mckenzie pass area for a week and this was by far my favorite hike.
This was a very nice hike. If you're a seasoned hiker, it's fairly easy. For those who don't hike often or are not used to the altitude, I would say it's moderate. We did the whole loop, but the part coming back wasn't anything overly breathtaking. (You do get a bit of a "lost in the woods" feel on that part, and it's far less traveled. We literally didn't see a single person on the way back down.) I would recommend that you stay on the main trail going up and then turn around and take it back down. A very beautiful hike.