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Duffy Lake Trail

EASY 69 reviews

Duffy Lake Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idanha, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 843 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

hiking
2 months ago

Great easy hike. Middle of September there were quite a few people. Parking lot was pretty full and a few bow hunters around. Hiked into Duffy lake with was a pretty good hike. Definitely something a new hiker could handle. Great views. We decided to hike further on since we arrived early in the day so continued to Mowich Lake. Not much lake access here on the east side but we managed to find a spot to camp. Wind blew pretty good from west to east so advice to stay on the west side of the lake if visiting. More tree cover as well as the east side has a lot of new growth but lots of dead snags from old fire activity. Overall nice hike and beautiful country.

hiking
3 months ago

Dusty trail. Streambed dry.Crowded trailhead. Large party(ies) of hunters and horses on way in. Had a few minutes of solitude at Lake. Nice views. Good weather. Bugs very light.

recorded Duffy Lake Trail

hiking
blowdown
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike on August 20th. No mosquitoes and really quiet. There was no creek left to cross. Just rocks. Duffy Lake is lovely, and the journey through lush green forest is cool and serene even on a hot day. Timing is everything. I look forward to further exploring this area.

hiking
3 months ago

Ice and easy climb. Very well marked trail. The whole trail is grit and sand, which does get in your shoes so wear high socks. Lots of flowers and butterflies at the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

A superb beginners backpacking trip

backpacking
bugs
4 months ago

This was an awesome trip. We went up to Duffy, then Mowich. Followed the trek to Dixie Lakes then Santaim and back to Duffy. There was some bugs. Not a ton. Swimming was great.

hiking
4 months ago

What an amazing area. Went in for a 3 day backpacking trip. The trail did have quiet a few piles of horse poo. On our way in we passed a bunch of folks on horse back. That made for lots of flys at Duffy lake. The mosquitos were around but not terrible. If you fish bring you fly rod, the fish were jumping all over the place. Met a nice Forest Ranger gave us the skinny on where you can have camp fires and what not to do next to the lasts. All and all a great trip. Highly recommend for a day hike a family outing.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

Beautiful. My husband and I loved this hike. We highly suggest it. 1hr 15min each way. Lots of mosquitoes.

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This is a very pleasant and pretty hike. Lots of wild flowers including the very pretty Washington lily. No mosquitoes or water to cross. The view of Three Finger Jack at the lake made for a perfect lunch spot. So quiet along the trail and at the lake. A completely enjoyable day.

hiking
5 months ago

Great option with the higher elevation overnights still under snow. Mosquitos are a bit lighter at Duffy Lake but tolerable at Mowich Lake if you have repellent. The bear grass is goin nuts right now. There will be blueberries galore later in the season.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike/backpack trip. We went towards the end of June, and all the snow is gone. But be warned, the mosquitoes were deadly. We hiked up to Duffy Lake and chased the bugs all night. We kicked ourselves for not heading up to Santiam Lake to spend the night as there were significantly less bugs up there!

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

Went from Duffy to Mowich. trail is clear of snow and hardly muddy. on the flip side the mosquitoes are thick enough to need a flame thrower, and, horses share this trail so watch your footing. Mowich had a small Sandy Beach at the start. Thinking about doing an overnighter.

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

6/15/19 - Just hiked this trail and it is free of snow. If you look carefully in some shaded spots you can still see snow. Lots of mosquitos right now. Watched a bunch of them mating in the air while I was there. The blood the females used was most likely obtained by a hiker in the last 2 weeks. Bring your bug spray. 20% picaridin worked well for me. That was the only down side, the whole area was beautiful and worth braving the mosquitos in my opinion, just be prepared.

hiking
snow
6 months ago

Just did this hike yesterday. A lot of snow still on the trail and quite a few water crossings. Might be better off waiting a few weeks.

backpacking
snow
7 months ago

This trail was awesome. We ended up having to stop at Duffy as we couldn’t get any further. Honestly with out this map downloaded we wouldn’t have made it. My friend and I spent one night backpacking in the snow because there is still 5-6 plus feet of snow in A-LOT of places. Essentially about 1 mile in or so. We were the second people in so far it would appear as there was only one other set of tracks. The snow was passable but deep when you fell in hip deep. Lots of bruises and three river crossings. Bring solid sandals or boots you don’t mind getting wet. The water at one point was thigh high. The weather was mid 70’s low 80’s during the day and about 26’ at night. The lake was frozen almost solid and overnight it what was thawed froze another 1/2 inch. There were no bugs right at this moment but I can see where there will be. I can’t wait to go back when I can head all the way to Mowich and Beyond. If your going soon please bring snowshoes, or some other form of traction for your boots. The mass amounts of bruises from falling in the snow should serve and a great warning.

Thu Sep 13 2018

great trail. 3 day hike with my Son, Brother and Uncle. great trip

backpacking
Fri Jul 27 2018

July 20 - 22, 2018. Chose Duffy as the destination for our first backpacking trip of the season because it is relatively lower in elevation -- hoping that the mosquitoes had mostly died off at 5,000 ft. (They were only annoying for an hour or two in the evening.) Weather was perfect all weekend long- highs in the 80's and overnight lows in the upper 40's. Lakes were swimmable, even in July! Day 1, hiked in on a Friday evening and snagged one of the last campsites on Duffy. Day 2, hiked up to Mowich, Alice, Red Butte Lake, Jorn, and Bowerman. (these lakes all offer excellent camping too... each lake is unique and offers a little something different -- all are worth checking out) Day 3 hiked down to Santiam (most stunning lake view, with Three Finger Jack in the background and reflection... but a bit more worn out than other lakes) and then back out.

hiking
Sat Jul 07 2018

Great hike! Minus the horse poop!

Mon Jun 04 2018

Fun and easy little trail. Still just a few patches of snow but easily navigated. There were very few people for a Sunday which we liked.

hiking
Mon May 14 2018

On the date we traveled this trail, we used snowshoes after the first mile. Not too much blowdown. There was only one other person on the trail, and no mosquitoes. However, it's warm and the snow was melting fast. It won't be long... We were not equipped to cross the North Santiam, so we turned back at mile 2.8. It is beautiful and lightly sloped, but this route can be busy on weekends and the trail has a spur that leads right to Big Meadow Horse Camp.

backpacking
Thu Apr 05 2018

Very good trail. Horse traffic a bit of a nuisance at times. Lake is gorgeous.

backpacking
Wed Sep 27 2017

Easy hike. Great views of the lake. River crossing can be a tricky!

backpacking
Fri Jul 21 2017

Fun mellow hike but a little dusty due to the horse traffic. Duffy lake was great! The water was so refreshing and clear. Still a little bit of bugs so pack the spray.

Wed Jul 12 2017

Gorgeous day ! Didn't encounter another group of hikers til we got to the lake! No snow, creek had water but super easy to cross on rocks! Absolutely beautiful hike! Bear grass was crazy!

hiking
Mon Jun 12 2017

Went Sunday, snow starts at the Turpentine trail head, almost solid snow from a 1/4 mile past it. Dry creek bed has up to 1.5 feet of water running through it but easy to manage. Lots of trees down by can scramble around. Wanted to make it to Mowich Lake but trail became to hard to follow so looped around the backside of Duffy (lots od trees down) and halfway up Duffy Butte. Looking forward to the snow being gone.

Sat May 27 2017

This is a great hike. The lake is beautiful, but It's best to hike mid to late summer. There's still snow on the trail now in late May making it nearly impossible to get to the lake. There are some campsites along the lake, and there's always the option to head further on the trail to the Great Lakes Basin if you want to hike further.

hiking
17 days ago

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