Matthieu Lakes Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews
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Matthieu Lakes Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sisters, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
948 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Nice day hike near Sisters Oregon in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area. The trip up to South Lake has an elevation change about 800 feet over 3/4 a mile. The trail is great for backpacking. If you're out of shape this can be a little tough.

hiking
11 days ago

Fun quick hike to pretty little lakes. the water was quite warm and surprisingly, no mosquitos.

hiking
29 days ago

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great day hike. Not too tough, not too many mosquitoes, and very pretty

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The kids and I really enjoyed this hike. The first 1.25 miles or so are unimpressive and were mosquito-ridden when we hiked, but that changed once we approached N. Matthieu Lake. The mosquitos disappeared at that point and the views became gorgeous. Both Matthieu Lakes, though quite different, are beautiful - and the water surprisingly warm. Hike around the east side of the south lake for a view of Bend in the distance. On the way back we hiked the PCT branch, which offered spectacular views of the lava field around Dee Wright and the mountains to the west including Belknap Crater and Mt. Washington. The parking lot was full when we arrived at Noon, but was mostly empty by the time we left at about 4:30pm.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous hiking! Several small meadow edges still had paintbrush & wild aster. I took the north lake trail (& forgot to turn on record until much later). I was on a photo shoot hike so didn't quite make it to the lake. Got lots of great painting material though. My painter's eyes were delighted & my feets were happy. Trail follows the south side of the lava flow, so lots of interesting formations & out croppings.

I'd call this one on the easy side of moderate. Not as tough as Black Butte but not a stroll either.

Tru Denton's review has the most accurate directions. I drove straight to it. Signage is for Lava Lake Camp, as he says.

hiking
9 months ago

Another fun hike with some great views and even better ones if you feel like scrambling up the hill above one of the lakes. Great fun for the whole family.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

From Lava Camp Lake walked to South Matthieu lake then to North Matthieu lake, returning to Lava Camp Lake via the PCT. Almost no mosquitos the entire walk. Heading north on the PCT from North Matthieu provides some grand views of lava fields, a few wild flowers, and some Cascade peaks. Nice short day hike.

backpacking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Beautiful little lake with easy access from Lava Lake. Barely any mosquitos and few other over nighters on a Thursday and Friday. We did see a number of day hikers and met numerous people hiking the PCT, one couple had even started from Mexico back in April and was heading on to Canada hoping to arrive in September! Amazing group of hikers. We took a day hike to Opie Dilldock pass and were rewarded with incredible views of the mountains, varied terrain (from forest to lava flows and open alpine meadows) and wildflowers in their glory! Weather was perfect, not too hot and it was an incredible experience!

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

walking
Thursday, October 08, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

hiking
Monday, October 13, 2014

A long-ish day hike on a cloudless Saturday in October. Easy parking at the Lava camp area, right at the trail-head. (trail #4060 "Lava Camp LK"). This quickly leads to the PCT Trail #2000 (or "PCNST" on the signs). After about .75miles on the PC(NS)T the North Matthieu Lake Trail (Trail #4602) continues on the right, staying close to the lava flow wall. Both lakes were quiet and deserted when I reached them at about 9:30 AM (the North lake had quite a few campers getting ready for the night when I returned to them at 4:00 PM). The North lake has 7 designated camp sites; the South lake (smaller and more exposed) has only 3. Shortly before reaching the South Matthieu Lake, the trail merges back with the PCT. Since I had visited both lakes early in the morning I continued on the PCT first to skirt the Yapoah Crater and then on to a scramble up Collier Cone. The views (especially to the North) between South Matthieu lake and Collier Cone are stunning. The strenuous climb to the lip of Collier Cone is well rewarded by up-close views of North Sister, the Collier Glacier down Middle Sister and finally, to the right, Little Brother. This hike made for a long day (starting at 8:30am and returning at 4:30pm) ... but it was well worth every step. I gave 5 starts to the whole hike; maybe 4 or 4.5 just getting to the two lakes