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Maiden Peak Trail is a 17.1 mile out and back trail located near Oakridge, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 17.1 mi Elevation gain 3,021 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers
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Travel Oregon, 670 Hawthorne St, Suite 240 , Salem, OR, 97301, Phone: 800-547-7842

Directions from Eugene: Proceed southeast on Hwy. 58. Continue east past the Oakridge Ranger Station for 27 miles to Waldo Lake Road #5897. Turn left onto it and continue for 2.0 miles to the trailhead, on the right.

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Matt Cook
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HikingGreat!

Well maintained and easy trails to get to epic summit views. There are three different ways to approach this summit. 8, 11, and 17 mile round trips for each. I made a video showing maps and info on all three trails. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrEY6Bs6_S0

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Lily Stadler
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HikingGreat!

Completed 8/25/2020: Very nice hike, was the only one hiking the mountain trail did not see anyone for the 5 hours I was up there. Make sure to be supplied with lots of water because there is no water source at all on the trail during the summer with no snow. There was plenty of shade for majority of the hike. Lots of spider webs early in the morning at the start of the hike.

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Tyler Wampler
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HikingGreat!

Completed on 8/23/20. No bugs. Very smoky views at the top due to the Green Ridge Fire but still worth it. I’ll go back another time when there’s no smoke.

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Tanya Young
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8/13/20: As previous reviews imply, there is an expedited way to the summit of Maiden Peak via the Maiden Lake Trailhead. The TH is off the Cascade Lakes Hwy on FS 4660. If coming from the Crescent Cutoff Rd, take a left at the sign for the Davis Lake Boat Launch and Maiden Lake. Take this road for over 5 miles and then turn left onto FS 4660-100. You will see more signs for Maiden Lake, but not until the latter part of your drive. This road (100) is steeper and more rutted, but they both are doable in most cars. Do not follow the signs to the boat ramp after you make the initial turn. I made this error and it cost me a half hour and travel on unnecessary rocky roads. As described, it is 4.5 miles to the top, and the trail is in good condition. There are only a couple of downed trees. You bear right at the Maiden Peak Trail. The last half mile is a workout but all nontechnical. This shorter trail is not as beautiful as Rosary Lakes, and it is an uphill climb almost the entire way to the summit. It travels through a lovely forest though. Maiden Lake is a short detour worth exploring too if you stay straight on the Maiden Lake Trail.

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Paul Bomber
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Hiking

Great view! Only a little snow left up top. Trail was pretty easy to follow. Looping down the trail to the west was a little trickier with more snow. Very little blowdown.

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Wes Johnston
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Did this hike as a 2-day snow shoe trip to the summit in February. Very challenging, great workout, and absolutely breathtaking 360 view of the cascades once you reach the summit. Would absolutely recommend as a winter trip if you’ve got the gear and the stamina for it!

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Chris Whitney
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Hiking

On here there is a review from Gina Sanstrum and it was perfect! I took the shorter hike and even stop by maiden lake for a swim. The trail was nice all the way to the top.

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Kenny Robinson
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Hiking on the PCT to the Rosary Lakes, and some of the best views of Diamond Peak and the Cascade Lakes makes Maiden Peak a must do! I consider the 17+ mile summit trail to be as difficult as any major peak I've summited or attempted to summit.

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Gina Sanstrum
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there is another way to access this trail. take the cascade lakes scenic highway, just after mile post 66 turn right at forest road 4660, signed for west davis lake boat launch and maiden lake trailhead. follow signs to maiden lake trailhead. take the trail 2.5 miles to the first junction, (1400 elevation gain) stay right to go up to maiden peak for 2 miles and another 1400 elevation gain, for a total out and back of 9 miles. The only description I could find about this alternative access to maiden peak was a 2007 article written by Terry Richard, The Oregonian /Oregonlive and it proved to be accurate. the trail is a constant incline until the final .75 miles where it steepens.

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Karla Benson
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The first 3 miles of the hike is pretty flat but then it gets into a substantial incline. The trail is in great shape. The mosquitos are ridiculous!!! There is a small patch of snow towards the top. I will say, pay attention to the trail on the way down. The four women on this hike today are experienced hikers but somehow managed to veer off to another trail. We didn’t realize it for 2 miles. We had to do the incline again! About a mile back up and using GPS, we navigated across the forest to connect back up with the original trail. Good hike but my body definitely feels it all today.

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Leo Klotz
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Dave Waterman
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Ominous Thanksoeouy

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Sloan Storie
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Hiking

This hike was a good climb with even better views at the top! Hit a small snow patch, but it was easy to pass. Beware of the mosquitoes! 6/24/18.

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Mike Smith
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For those who want to do both routes up Maiden Peak, one can drive on Highway 58 to the PCT TH on the north side just past MP62. Here, one can do a loop from Willamette Pass through the Rosary Lakes, the trail to Maiden Lake and up Maiden Peak from the south, where the views are as described--spectacular. One then descends west to the PCT and take it back to the trail near the Skyline junction, not too far from the junction of the trail to Maiden Lake. NOTE: there is significant climbing (700') on the PCT heading south, which after the rapid descent from Maiden Peak, after a lot of hiking, is difficult. One may finish by going back out the Rosary Lakes, but it's possible to hike up to Tait's Loop and then hike it (I am in charge of the diamonds on that for winter use) to the Tie Trail back down to the PCT. When I hiked it on 30 Sep 17, I went over to the ski area, right near Tait's Trail, and hiked down to the bottom and back to Willamette Pass. That was 18.8 miles. It is a beautiful hike with four lakes, a mountain peak, the PCT, overlook over Lower Rosary, nice woods, a nice shelter along the PCT about 1.3 miles south of where the Maiden Peak trail joins it, and even a ski area.

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William LeGrand
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Backpacking

Trail isn't open as of 6-19. Mosquitoes are killer. Water is wet.

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Gerard Bonfils
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I did the "long version" of the Maiden Peak Hike, combining the peak itself with a visit to the Rosary Lakes on the way up. This route does make the trail longer (a tad over 18 miles) but also provides additional scenic rewards: PCT to the three Rosary Lakes, quick stop at Maiden Lake and then the ascent to Maiden Peak. I parked right off highway 58 at the spot where the PCT crosses it, half a mile East of the Willamette Pass Ski-Area. There is a large road-maintenance structure to the left of the highway (coming from Oakridge) and a parking at the PCT trailhead just East of that structure. The first 3 miles of the trail, on the PCT are almost due East, well shaded, and go gently up the Southern slope of the hill towards Rosary Lakes. This being the PCT, the trail is very well maintained and easy to travel; the only one might face, depending on the season, are the bugs that strive around Odell Lake (bring repellent!). After three miles, the trail reaches the first and largest of the Rosary lakes. A good spot to take a quick break to rest feet and legs, to have a snack, or simply to enjoy the views of the lake and ridge to the West and North West. I was greeted by a nice and cool breeze which did a good job on this hot August day. There are quite a few camping spots right off the trail on the East side of the lake and a handful of parties had taken advantage of them the night before; the smell of breakfast where hard to ignore  For a mile, the PCT levels out and hugs the Eastern shore of the three Rosary lakes and offer several “beach access” spots (on the return journey, I use one of them to refill my water supply and rest my aching feet). Passed the last lake, the trail veers first West and then switches back East as it climbs towards the Maiden Peak saddle. Halfway through that climb, the Maiden Lake Trail branches off on the right; I left the PCT and took that trail. The Maiden Lake trail is narrower than the PCT and basically circles the southern slopes of Maiden Peak for about 3 miles before coming to Maiden Lake. Here again, the 3 miles are not steep but instead follow a bit of a roller coaster pattern with a globally upward direction. The trail passes Maiden Lake on the South side and about 100 feet up. However, a short descent does get you to the water here too. Passed Maiden Lake the trail heads East to join with the last leg of the trip. A bit under the eight miles mark, I reached the intersection with the trail to Maiden Peak for the last 1.5 miles up. The grade steepens for the first mile that reaches the base of the cone. The last .5 miles starts very steep and hard to negotiate but soon even levels off a bit for a more “human” ascent to the summit. Only halfway un the cone do the views open up, but the 360 degrees at the top are worth every ounce of sweat that leads you there. On a not so clear day the views went from Shasta, Thielsen, Mc Loughlin and Diamond Peak in the southern direction to Broken Top, Sisters, Bachelor, Washington an Jefferson Northward.

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Clayton Augustine
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great trail. Offers great 360 view. Watched sunset. Spent night. Watched sunrise. Glacier on top for sledding.

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Rachel Barnett
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Chris Manella
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Rainer Grosskopf
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Kieran Schnabel
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Maria Gamez
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Mark Meyer
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Michael Fuller
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Karla Benson
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Peter Thourson
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Jason Kappenman
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Gerard Bonfils
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