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backpacking
1 day ago

Beautiful hike and wonderful camp spots! Definitely going again! Bring your bug spray.

amazing but if you want solitude don'g go between Friday-Sunday.

This was an amazing hike! So many different waterfalls to look at. The only reason I docked it a star is because DOGS cannot complete this loop. You can go three miles to the turn off but dogs are not welcome in the Bend Watershed Area. Your options are to turn back and do it as an out or back, or take a right at the turn off, and continue to the valley. If you choose that route you can complete the loop but it adds 5.6 miles to your hike. It’s also on a ridge line so make sure you have water for you AND YOUR PUP!! enjoy! Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists!

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.

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.

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.

hiking
11 days ago

Anyone who's been there recently have a mosquito report? Thanks!

on Obsidian Trail

hiking
11 days ago

The most beautiful hike I have been on in the States. Requires a reservation, which is a pain to get but worth the trouble. I’ve done this twice, both times in August. There is nothing on earth like the obsidian fields, they glow in the sunlight, absolutely worth the trip. Plus Middle Sister looms directly overhead after you punch up out of the forest. This is full of cliffs, peaks, dells, forests, lava rocks and obsidian glass. Stunning, do not pass up the opportunity.

There is a pretty nice little stream right before the loop at the end. Easy refill if you have a means for purification.

Bugs were not an issue, and I hit no snow.

It’s pretty remote as the permit only allows 30 people a day (70 campers I believe). Rangers do check for permits. In 4 hours I saw 2 hikers, and one ranger, otherwise I had the trail to myself.

This is labeled moderate but if you are not pushing the pace I’d say it’s easy for an adult. I jogged it when I was 18, I did it in 4 hours last week at 40.

hiking
12 days ago

1.5 hrs (1 hr up and 30 mins down) with 11 and 15 yr olds. Great views of the lake. Crowded but 4 stars due to smoke from wild fires. We got the views and we could see all the way across but not the deep blue color! Keep an eye on the crater webcam if you are not staying at the lodge. Dry and steep going up and starts at 7k ft so take water. And have lunch at the lodge after, while you wait for your table have a drink in a rocking chair on the patio overlooking the lake.

Love this hike, gives great views of the basin, crater lake, wizard island & phantom ship. It is short but it is all uphill. I went to watch the sunset on Garfield & I passed only two people who were headed down while I was going up

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!!!

awesome hike, best to do in the early am. we started at 630, no one was on the trail. far busier after 8.

hiking
14 days ago

Did this trail early this morning (8/3) with spectacular weather and minimal crowds until the descent. I had the peak to myself for upwards of 45 minutes. I must stress the extreme crowds toward early afternoon-mid day. The hike is entirely uphill until you reach the peak, but nothing a moderately in shape person couldn’t do. Go early and enjoy!

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.

My family and I hiked this trail Friday July 27th. The hike up was stunning with all the waterfalls. When we got to the junction to head back the map didn’t show how to cross the creek. My wife and oldest daughter forged the creek while my youngest and I went up stream and crossed on some downed trees staying dry. I would agree with another reviewer that an in and out hike is better than the loop. The second half is less scenic, more narrow and sunny. Over all I highly recommend the hike!

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

18 days ago

Now this is what a get away should be all about. We hiked in and did an overnighter in our hammocks. Plenty of camp spots up around from Obsidian Falls. Spring water out of the shale rock was awesome. Crystal clear. We had our own little private lake for a dip at Arrow head lakes. Too much to see for a day hike. I recommend an overnighter to soak it all in. Sunrise and Sunset were picture perfect.

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
19 days ago

Really nice hike with tons of waterfalls to be seen. The map here is extremely accurate and really helped to have it downloaded. Several waterfalls are accessible but the water is super chilly. The 1st half to the Bridge Creek crossing ( ford the creek) is well shaded. The 2nd half is mostly in open pine, sun exposed and lacks a bit of scenery. Great trail but I might suggest doing and out and back from the fall to Bridge Creek crossing.

hiking
19 days ago

Gorgeous hike. Had a nice snack at the lake once we got there. I'd suggest going early. We go up there at 7am and it wasn't too crowded. Started heading down again after 9am & passed a lot of people coming up, parking lot was packed when we got down & lots of cars parked on the road leading in.

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

This is an absolutely amazing hike especially if you like waterfalls. It can be as easy or challenging as you want it to be depending on your pace. The trail is in great shape all the way. If you are doing the full loop, the 1st half is much better than the looped way back. If I do it again I’d just go up and back the same way.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice short hike with great views of the Lake as well as Wizard Island. Some snow left but the top of the hike is accessible. High traffic.

Happy to park a car at both ends without a permit. Not too many hikers between the falls and Blue Pool. Not many bikers either. Love the log bridges along the way. Hiked it again this year. A real treat!

backpacking
22 days ago

Great first hike. Beautiful scenery.

amazing

ass-kicker. great hike

I hiked from Todd Lake to the ridge above (north of) No Name Lake, and part way along the ridge toward Broken Hand. Out-and-back distance was approximately 14 miles. I started early on 7/19 and there were no mosquitoes (but then it was only 37 degrees!). This is a beautiful hike, lots of wildflowers, and beautiful scenery in every direction.

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