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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.

What a great trail! Off the beaten path which I loved. The trail loops around and leads down to Wychus Creek which is spectacular! One helpful note... to stay on the trail that leads down to creek there is a sharp right turn about 1/8 mile before the sign for Wychus Creek. It’s not obvious but it’s marked for horses as well. Thankfully another hiker told us about it.

off road driving
23 hours ago

The last 6 miles to the trailhead requires a high clearance vehicle and lots of patience. I read the road was rough, but this was ridiculous. I was stuck twice and had to turn around. I later spoke with a ranger and he said he wouldn't take his vehicle up there and that most use an ATV to access the trailhead.

The trip was still beautiful and I did a lot of exploring. Just wished the road condition was better publicized.

My wife and I left from Devils Lake at 7:30am. The temperature was cold, which made hiking easier. The last 1/2 mike had snow which had turned to ice overnight. We had Yac Tracks, but it was still sketchy. It was really windy through that section and some people were turning around. We kept going and the views did not disappoint. A difficult yet amazing hike.

Great loop hike. Beautiful views.

Challenging and rewarding hike! Coming through the thick forest to the opening on the plateau and then down into the lake made this a hike amazing! I can’t wait to share with my family and friends!

this hike is amazing... I did a sunrise hike. started at 3 am and the sky was clear and the stars were brilliant. still needed a headlamp since there was no moonlight. There was a lot of ice right at the start of the screet, is what I think people were calling it. This was my first time hiking it and I did it solo so. I went up the climbers side on accident and summited on the east side if Teardrop pool so I missed the part to turn off to the west side. Still had spectacular views. I was scared AF because I didn't have ice gear. but was able to fit my feet into prior hikers grooves. I did have winter boots with extra grip but it was still very sketchy. maybe in the afternoon is would have melted a bit but just a heads up! Enjoy!

This trail was amazing! So much diversity in the scenery. The wind was STRONG and cold when we went. The views were incredible. With two bad knees I felt challenged but not beyond my scope. You can take the "unmaintained" portion pretty much straight to Broken Top if you push a bit further. completely worth it. WOW.

You are pretty much walking through Lava the vast majority of the time. Pretty neat area if you have never been here before, not much of a repeat type of hike but certainly one that you need to do at least once.

This was my favorite hike of all time. Did it in mid September and only wish I had hiked in my tent so I could sleep on the edge. The weather can turn nasty VERY quickly so be mindful of time of year. I took my AWD SUV up the road and it wasn't that bad - just be mindful of tire placement. Tacomas were passing me like a little wuss but that's ok. :) Absolutely beautiful spot.

on Devils Lake Trail

4 days ago

Nice little trail. Beautiful Fall colors and peaceful.

absolutely beautiful and full of different types of scenery. there was limited visibility at the top when we went, which added to the feeling of being in another world.

hiking
6 days ago

Definitely a favorite trail! Interesting and beautiful views. For sure would do this one again.

hiking
6 days ago

Great views!

absolutely love the low traffic and having the dogs off leash. the views are amazing. overall very peaceful, short hike.

backpacking
6 days ago

We backpacked mid-September and experienced a mixture of weather. The views were amazing and there were many trails we explored once camp was set up. Grab a good water filter so you don’t have to weigh your bag down with lots of water. There are many places to refill with the filter. Trekking poles were helpful as there are a couple spots once at the lakes where you can cross water on logs but they are slippery so be careful. There are lots of easily located designated camp spots and a back trail to hike South Sister if you wanted. Will go again for sure!

Wonderful trail! 7miles out and back. Pretty easy hike, mostly flat the entire time. Dogs loved it as well! You follow the river for majority of the hike with beautiful views of the river and mountains. People also mountain bike on this trail. You can also just drive to the falls by following the road to the every end. (Lost of cars parked there) The falls were amazing!! Breath taking!! You can get very close to them and potentially even underneath them, but we did not try. We did the hike the first week of October:) highly recommend!

GREAT views

12 days ago

Camped at Devils Lake, freaking awesome! Did a sunrise hike end of September. 1230AM Got to the summit before 6 and it was spectacular. It was a beautiful night with plenty of stars. Didn’t really even need a headlamp, moon lit most of the way. A lil cool but everything was just perfect. Saw a deer at night. I would definitely do it again, maybe for a sunset next time. Love the Sisters!!

This is a demanding trail at the top, pace yourself. the glacier water at the top is worth the hike buy itself, Lol. Absolutely stunning view from the top summit! We started around 10:00, maybe a bit too late.We did the last hour back in the dark, thankfully we had lights. Great hike!!

Land of Yar

on Benham Falls Trail

hiking
13 days ago

Really gorgeous views of the river while heading to the falls, especially when combined with the colors of autumn.
It was an easy hike so poles aren't really needed.
I'd never seen a falls where it does a 90 degree turn - Loved it.

hiking
14 days ago

Love this hike! Distracted by the constant change of scenery from crossing creeks, to frolicking in meadows, to trekking through dense woods you'll lose track of the trail's elevation gain. Enjoy all the beautiful views.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful scenery.

Trail in great shape, some nice fall colors. Not too difficult, dog loved it.

Spectacular views - creek, waterfalls, Broken Top, South Sister, lava, and lakes. Bring a camera and plenty of water. Fairly easy hike - moderate due to the distance.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike. Camp at Moraine Lake the night before. This will get you up a good chunk of the hike and you get a great sunrise view over Broken Top. Path is easy to follow. Wear PANTS keeps out small rocks and dust from your shoes. Stop at the glacier pond a refill your water. And enjoy the top.

No bugs. Lots of Cougar scat.
Beautiful day, had the trail to myself.

hiking
15 days ago

Hiked the loop on 9/27 - 9/28 of 2018 CCW. The first few miles in this direction is through an area that has completely burned out and the dead trees look very eerie. Glad I went CCW so as to get this section over in the beginning of the trek and leave the great views for the end.

Lots of water sources in all areas EXCEPT NONE between the southern part where the trail turns sharply north. Before you start the northerly trek up to No Name Lake (CCW direction), be sure you have plenty of water. Lake and creek are not safe to drink. Lot's of sweat and the need to stay hydrated is very important. Three liters was barely enough for myself and dog. Were thirsty when arriving back to the lake and TH.

Worst part of the trip was being worried about following the correct trail. The entire Rim trail is horribly marked and there's several intersections with trails that have NO signs and are not on any map or Garmin. It was kind of crazy this way! Example, you're walking the RIM trail and you come across a sign that simply says "TRAIL" with an arrow heading off to the cliff. Then there's fork where it says horses one direction and hikers in the other, so you think you're at the section where the livestock trail begins and you only have 1.5 miles to the lake. But then a couple more miles later you actually come to that junction and wonder what the heck just happened.

Overall great hike but plan accordingly with water and be sure to navigate well. If you take the wrong path then you'll add extra miles on to your trip.

Beautiful waterfalls and an easy hike to see all of them. This one I ranked lower only because it gets pretty congested with many other hikers and dodging the bikes get challenging. Road to trailhead is gravel but no problems navigating around the occasional pothole. Parking is a problem if you don’t get there early.

Quiet, secluded, peaceful. A new favorite.

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