Mink Lake Loop Trail

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Mink Lake Loop Trail is a 17.5 mile loop trail located near La Pine, Oregon that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding.

DISTANCE
17.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2742 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

backpacking
29 days ago

Awesome lake! Super pristine water and not a terrible climb to get there. We actually backpacked in with the intent of camping at Cliff Lake, but there wasn't a decent place close to the lake to camp, so we continued to Porky Lake and did Mink Lake as a day hike. Next time I'll skip Porky and head right to Mink Lake.

backpacking
2 months ago

Mink Lake is a beautiful location. The hike in is equally impressive, high desert, lakes, meadows, long ascents and descents, and quiet. We encountered three groups on our hike, all on the trail. The lake was cool, refreshing, and crystal clear. We tried our hands at fishing, and despite seeing them rise we had no luck. Mosquitos were brutal on the hike and at the lake so plan on taking some form of repellant. We used spray and the sweating caused it to wear off quite quickly. Despite the bites I will be visiting Mink Lake again in the near future with our son.