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Short easy-moderate hike with breathtaking views. Great for kids and lots of shady spots on top for picnics. Well worth the morning.

hiking
1 day ago

Panoramic view at the top was spectacular and only took about an hour to hike up. Definitely a good way to spend some time.

Road is open and some snow on parts of trail. Extremely muddy in the meadow. Wildflowers are just starting to bloom.

Nice hike! We only went to Benson lake but it was great. Beautiful lake and the North side wasn’t crowded at all. You can walk all the way on top of the bluffs on the North. It gives you a jaw dropping view of the peaks to the south. Also a Great Lake for swimming! Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists!

backpacking
4 days ago

First 5 miles is a continuous uphill trudge with lots of loose rocks on the trail. This made for a less enjoyable hike getting to Russell lake and even on the way back a bit tricky as it is easy to roll an ankle, despite being downhill.

If looking to get to Russell Lake using this trail, just know it is NOT 6mi, more like 8.5mi.

Left from Todd Lake and it took about 6.75 mi to get to the top rim over looking the lake and the mountains. Beautiful views abound and the wildflowers were amazing in late July. The only issue is how busy it is. I went on a weekday night from the trailhead as the sun was setting and there were about 30 or so people up at the lake camping when I got there.

Hiked this with our 3 kids (ages 6, 11 and 13) and had a great time. Views of South Sister, Broken Top and Middle Sister at the top were spectacular! Highly recommend for a family hike!

hiking
6 days ago

Easy to find and mostly well kept trail. Picking through the rock slide was difficult as the trail there wasn’t well marked. Beautiful view and not busy on a Sunday morning! Sure I’ll be hiking it again

Yeah it’s an easy walk around and it can be crowded but, come on, it’s beautiful and you can swim. But if you want to add some spice bushwhack up the ridge at the far end of the lake. It a hard climb but worth it. At the top turn left and go just about as far as you can. You will be rewarded by the most breathtaking views of Broken Top and S Sister ever. Then a quick trip down (you can’t miss the lake) and you earned your swim. The hike up and down is steep so you flip flops are not going to cut it. Be prepared.

Beautiful arch and views at the end of a very steep trail. Wasn't as hard getting back up the trail as I thought it would be, but it does get steeper as you get closer to the arch. Very enjoyable day!

Amazing hike, you walk along the spring all the way to the top. Awesome views of Broken top and bachelor behind on hike up. No name lake and the views of the 3 Sisters is defiantly worth the hike. Pretty moderate hike for an awesome reward! Was able to get my Mazda up the dirt road to upper parking lot! It was about 8 miles round trip.

WARNING!!! I saw a Facebook post on “Hiking in the Pacific Northwest” and 16 DEAD ELK CONTAMINATED THE WATER AT NO NAME LAKE.

DO NOT RISK DRINKING EVEN FILTERED WATER.

PEOPLE ARE SICK JUST FROM SWIMMING UNDERWATER.

WATCH OUT FOR YOUR DOGS IF THEY DRANK FROM THE WATER.

Bring the whole fam for this one! Mee-Maw and Pop-Pops? They can nail this utterly flat 1.7mi. LIttle cousin Timmy? He won't even need coddling or an extra juicebox to complete this tourist-laden lakeside loop. And fat Aunt Sharon? She'll recall days of yore when it was just "Shari" as she mobs around this short loop like the spritely cross-country runner she was back in college.

It's flat, dead-easy, and on weekends the parking lot is a circuis. Is Multnomah Falls your jam? Cool. Then so is the Tood Lake Loop Trail.

But maybe when at Multnomah Falls you're all "eff this." Maybe you tend more towards the 16mi Larch Mountain trail up and out of M. Falls? If so, then check out the 15-17 mellow miles of the Todd Lake/Soda Creek/Brokentop Trail that ends above the ridge at No Name Lake. It starts here and, well, "it good."

But if you're into kids, tourists, dogs, and "RV people," well, then the Todd Lake Loop Trail may be your Valhalla.

It was a hot, hot day but the wildlife and flowers along the springs and creek that accompanied the trail were fantastic. No Name Lake breathtaking. I should have left my 11-year-old lab at home. Pretty tough on him but nothing lots of water and a cool, cleansing shower (for both of us) afterward.
I’m not a REAL experienced hiker, but this one was great in my book. The road up to Todd Lake tough. Have the right vehicle.

Really enjoyed this hike.

hiking
14 days ago

Amazing views and interesting geology and flora/fauna. Nice road, easy for any type of car.

hiking
14 days ago

A straight up stellar hike. Worth the climb for the view.

Easy and beautiful hike around the lake. Bring layers - when the wind picks up it can be chilly in the shade even on a day that is hot at lower altitude. Given that, it is a great place to go to get a break from the heat.

This trail was a little difficult to navigate but No Name Lake is absolutely breathtaking and was definitely worth the effort! Make sure to have an SUV or other car with room underneath to make the bumpy drive out to the trail head and definitely use AllTrails to make sure you're heading in the right direction. Gorgeous!!!

The easiest 15-17mi you'll ever love. You know the 16-ish mile Larch Mountain trail up above Multnomah Falls in the Gorge? That is, before some Walmart shopper's kid burnt down the Gorge?

Well it's like that: miles and miles of trails so mellow, root-free, and mild that Wilford Brimley's (ghostly) diabetic wheelchair could do most of it. Great for trail running if you're into that sort of thing. But if you are indeed "into that sort of thing," be a little ashamed at all the wonder you're missing as you glide by huffing and puffing in your hot pink Nikes.

But back to the trail: unlike Larch Mountain's 3,000+ft of boring and slow gain, this hike is utterly breathtaking--replete with lush mountain meadows, streams, and an unending supply of Brokentop, South Sister, and Central Oregon views.

Yes, there's a gate (NF370) that's now open and you can drive up much of it instead of hike the Soda Creek/Brokentop trail. But do the whole 15-17mi: you can wander around 10 Barrel or the new Boneyard later on in the day if you want tourists, dogs, kids, and noise.

Start at the Todd Lake trailhead, then take the Todd Lake Trail up and out of Todd to the Soda Creek trail, then to the Brokentop trail all the way up to No Name Lake--then jump in that mofo and wake yourself up with a gloriously icy dip.

Make sure you do the last little steep section to the ridge overlooking all sisters, Washington, Hood, and as far as the eye can see north up the cascades. It's utterly wonderful.

Short hike for spectacular views! Worth staying for sunset but it gets windy and cold up top!

Well groomed trail, made for easy going. Fantastic views of the Sisters and Broken Top and in late July there were still wildflowers and butterflies to enjoy.

the NF 370 gate is open! I hiked to No Name Lake yesterday. was a 5mile round trip hike.

Beautiful hike, but challenging. We hiked this yesterday and saw many hikers that started at the upper parking lot cutting off about 9-10 miles. The view at the top is worth every effort to get up there.

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike. Our 20 month old was able to walk around. The views are awesome and the lake is worth going.

hiking
20 days ago

This is a good little run up the mountain. It's more difficult than moderate. It's a good path but steep. Go in the summer. Normally snow till July, but this year it was clear in April. Take a truck, some cars could make it but as someone that has done it with a car I advise at least something with clearance. Rocks fall on the road all the time and it can be sketchy trying to get around as one side is a straight drop off and the other side of the road is a wall. One of the best views!

Did the hike last year. It was breathtaking. We hiked it when the road was open, saving us 9miles of hiking. Superb views.
Waiting for gate to open to hike again this year!
Any update on the gate?!

hiking
21 days ago

Came into Tenas from the west on Trail 3502 (upper left hand corner of the map). Its a very little used trail and is part of the Robinson Lake loop on the backside (North) of the Scott Mountain. It's not as well maintained as the trail from Scott Lake, but its another option for those looking for more obscure trails in the area. To reach the trailhead (Tenas) you drive about 6 miles on USFS roads from HWY 126 so make sure you have map.

Beautiful hike. Follow the signs to the trailhead - GPS was incorrect. The roads to the trail were well maintained.

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