Maxwell Lake Trail

MODERATE 15 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.

7.4 miles
2,516 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips






2 days ago

The last mile is 'hardy' ;-) lots of elevation gain, but moderate is probably still an accurate ranking (just think on the high side of moderate.)

My phone recorded 8.7 miles... Which could be wrong? But is at least a solid mile over what it says here.

The hike has beautiful views, and makes for a lovely day hike. The lake is perfectly situated for relaxing when you arrive. This is a great hike.

9 days ago

Steady climb but not too difficult, moderate is fair description. Nice day hike that leaves plenty of time to relax at the lake.

15 days ago

We did this hike mid-June—-hardly any people and no bugs, BUT unable to do last 1/4 - 1/2 mike because of snow. Switchbacks up and back with gorgeous views, and well maintained trails with wonderful wildflowers. Hike was longer, probably closer to 9-10 miles. Great camping along Lostine River on road into trailhead

22 days ago

This is a great hike to a beautiful lake. The bugs at the top in mid July were pretty thick. Bring spray and thermacell. My GPS said it was 9 miles round trip.

27 days ago

Gorgeous views and maintained trail. The last mile is quite grueling, especially if you are backpacking in however it's worth it for the sights at the top.

1 month ago

We really enjoyed this trail. Beautiful hike through alpine forest to a small lake at the top. Last mile or so was challenging with steep loose gravel and rock.
My gps tracker clocked this trip as 10 miles and other hikers we encountered said similar things.
Lovely hiking - Under canopy nearly the whole trip. Mosquitos and flies were hungry at the top- take bug spray.

6 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.

10 months ago

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

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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).

Monday, July 18, 2016

good hike had to much stuff in my pack.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Perfect hike

24 days ago

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Thursday, September 04, 2014