Yoran Lake Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crescent, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until September.
Directions from Willamette Pass: On State Highway 58, turn south on Forest Service Road #5810 which goes to the west end of Odell Lake. Go about 1.5 miles. Trailhead parking is on the right side of the road. The trailhead is about 1/4 mile before Trapper Creek Campground.
We just did this hike for the second time and this time spent the night at Yoran lake. Once you arrive at the lake there are a number of crisscrossing trails wandering around the perimeter of the lake though they tend to become a lot less distinct over on the southwest side of the lake. We camped on a knoll at the north west end of the lake. There was a bit of a breeze and a little elevation above the lake to help keep the bugs down. They were not all that bad anyway but a few were a nuisance down at the waters edge. There was quite a bit of blown down dead fall along the trail in but nothing that would slow you down very much. The trail is rated as hard. Though it is an uphill pretty much all the way the incline is not especially steep at any point. I'd say it's more of a moderate hike.
This is a difficult trail to make it up. Make sure your legs can handle going uphill for approximately 3 hours. The reward for the climb are some of the most beautiful views of diamond peak and of about 12 beautiful crystal clear secluded mountain lakes. The start of the hike across trapper creek is very nice and a good warm up. Not a whole lot to see until you get to the first un-named lake on the left, and then Karen lake, and just beyond that is beautiful Yoran Lake with 2 different islands. There is a loop you can make by hiking from Yoran lake to Lils lake and then the pacific crest trail down. This loop makes it about a 12 mile hike. The down hill portion of the hike was fairly easy on the PCT. But you will see multiple lakes on this trail. One big suggestion in july and august- bring lots of skeeter spray or better yet wear netting on arms and hat to protect yourself or you will get eaten alive.