Explore the most popular Camping trails in Deschutes National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Hiked this trail today with my husband and dog, it’s a new favorite. There’s a little snow but nothing you can’t manage with tennis shoes. We didn’t start at the trailhead because we’re locals and know another way in, but we did cross the water to get over to the spring side. We saw an eagle hunting fish which was super cool, my husband saw a huge buck, and there was nobody on the trail but us the entire time. There’s a little elevation in the beginning from where we started but nothing drastic, and it evens out once you’re at the top. Incredible views even for a gloomy misty day. Good hike for dogs as there’s water most of the way. Perfect little three hour hike for us!

Loved this section of the PCT. nice and easy. 25-30 mile days are easy to do. Easy water access for most of it. Incredible

11-9-19 made it to cirque lake no problem. Some areas of snow pack (especially near upper meadow) but not enough to take out the micro spikes. Google maps took us the right way on NF1234. Road is is decent condition.

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9 days ago

Great place to camp! We hiked the Green Lakes Trail and stayed at camp site #1 on 11/10. We brought our microspikes because we heard the trail was a bit icy, and we did end up using them both on the way in and out. They were definitely needed earlier in the morning on our way with the lower temps causing more ice to form. There was a bit of snow at the Green Lakes but it was mostly hard packed, no new snow.

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9 days ago

Like everyone else has already said, it is a beautiful and easy hike for all ages. We didn't use crampons and they would have been overkill, but had poles which came in handy as there were many icy spots. Some type of Yaktraxs ice cleats would have been nice.

Great warm day for a hike. The dark brown soil is soft on the feet. Views of Three Fingered Jack, Jefferson, and Black Butte on the trail, peekaboos of Washington and Sisters. Couldn’t do hike to Cirque due to ice pack, need micro spikes. Trail to Wasco Lake had >25 fallen trees on path and very muddy. We’ll be back in the summer!

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13 days ago

Gorgeous hike. The panoramic view at the top went from Sisters to Mt. Hood. Beautiful lakes and haunting charred wilderness made the hike fun and mysterious.

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14 days ago

I recommend this beautiful trail. it just is absolutely gorgeous and pretty easy to hike.

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16 days ago

Good easy trail. A little bit icy in spots (be careful when you are traversing over rocks past 3 foot streams or black ice in general). Not 9.1 miles, about 4 miles. Not much elevation gain. It was a great day!

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17 days ago

Great hike! Not too long or too hard. Took us about 5.5 hours, and we stop a lot to take pictures and eat... The maple trees have already shed their leaves. A short few parts of the trail are steep and icy so be careful. It was cold yesterday but not terrible. Almost the entire trail is in the shade. Note that this weekend there's going to be some marathon there.

I didn’t do the whole hike (with the bit where there is more of a view and maybe a meadow) and regretted it ☺️

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23 days ago

Awesome.

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23 days ago

3/4 of the trail as of yesterday was still packed ice and while some of our group made it without traction devices, it is very highly recommended. Nice gentle incline with several difficult water crossing for dogs (3 logs and several jumps).

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24 days ago

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25 days ago

Can be muddy near trail head after ground thaws. Snow on 90% of trail, icy at points. Hiked with traction devices and poles, highly suggested, trail packed down from hikers; snow not deep enough for snowshoes. Nice falls on Fall Creek. Obsidian boulders in upper Fall Creek. Great views at Green Lakes. Lakes are not frozen over on this date.

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25 days ago

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1 month ago

My calves are killing me but it was worth every minute.

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1 month ago

A good number of people on this trail. Still a great hike with beautiful changing landscape. Peaceful woods then some great views as it opens up, closer to the lake. A number of stream crossings..most with a nice log foot bridge.

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1 month ago

Great hike well maintained trail. At least seven waterfalls, and a series of rapids. Ice in some areas so was glad to have yak tracks and poles. But all in all an amazing hike with the variety of scenery.

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1 month ago

Little bit of mud off and on throughout hike. Occasional snow patches, but nothing more than 2 inches deep, and sparse. Nice stretch through missy old growth. Hiked up to saddle, which offers great views of the Sisters, Broken Top, Washington, Jefferson, Bachelor, and black butte. Pretty spectacular. Rocky and snowy trek up to the saddle, which definitely benefits from yak traks or some sort of traction device, but not necessary. Overall great hike.

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