Maxwell Lake Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
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Maxwell Lake Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lostine, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2516 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

5 months ago

Trail is pretty easy for the most part. Last mile is a little bit more of a workout. Took 3 kids on both trips with no problem whatsoever. Youngest was 7. Beautiful lake and enjoy the camp area at the trailhead, Shady Camp, famous to some Walla Walla natives due to a murder that happened years ago involving a local couple. Ann Rule wrote a book about it called Heart Full Of Lies.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this trail on Fourth of July to find stunning frozen snow patches surrounding the lake. Worth the shlep.

hiking
10 months ago

10 miles down a gravel forest road you will find parking and a camp ground. After two quick bridges you start in on the switchbacks and the elevation. The trail is easy to follow and is composed of sandy soil and granite. As John said there is a small section of deadfall, but nothing difficult to get over/under. Once you get past the switchbacks the trail straightens out and becomes steeper. But that means you are getting close. It's a beautiful lake and a lovely swim.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful scenery. The trail is pretty steep after the 8th switchback, but worthwhile. There are a couple sections of deadfall across the trail (avalanche remnants?), less than 100 meters total. Spots of snow at peak (July).

backpacking
Monday, July 18, 2016

good hike had to much stuff in my pack.

hiking
Monday, October 06, 2014

Perfect hike

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

hiking
Thursday, September 04, 2014