Santiam Lake [CLOSED] is a 11.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cascadia, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length11.5 miElevation gain1,404 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyLakeViewsWildflowersClosed
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FIRE CLOSURE: From Sep 25, 2020 - May 15, 2021 there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/alerts-notices

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Matthew Curran Baugh
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BackpackingGreat!

A friend and I headed out on Friday 9/4. Our first backpacking trip in 15 years. it was a fantastic hike. previous reviews were super helpful with the sand advisory. Really glad I decided to wear my hiking boots instead of my trail runners. Not much incline, trail was vary well marked, and views are amazing. We stopped at the first spot we found to the right at the lake. Just off the water. No garbage to be seen, sites are nicely spaced apart. Will definitely be back....

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Matthew Nyman
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HikingGreat!No shade

We left late in the day on 9/2/20 from the trail head at Santiam Pass. It was hot - 88 F or so. We wished we would have started earlier in the day. The beginning of the hike was very exposed with little shade and very loose volcanic, dark sand that made for tough walking and some great blisters. The hike is pretty moderate, no major uphills. Very good views of both major volcanoes and minor buttes and cinder cones. We arrived at Santiam Lake after 3 hours of hiking. Great camp spot overlooking lake and Three Fingered Jack. Quiet. Only one other party camping at the lake. Great swimming spot. Many good shorter hikes nearby. We hiked to Red Butte, round trip of approximately four miles. Another hot day but great views of Mount Jefferson and the Warm Springs fire. The day we left we got a head start on the heat - good idea. Return trip took us 2 1/2 hours and was much cooler and more comfortable. Poles are useful and recommended. Overall, we highly recommend this out-and-back trip, especially in cooler weather!

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Caroline Whitmire
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BackpackingNo shade

The lake location was a Five Star spot. The train out to the lake was a Two Star. The views were amazing and the camping sites are all around the lake and easy to find. We did a one nighter on a Friday and the lake was full of campers. If you go on a hot day, pack a swimming suit. It’s a Great Lake to swim in! The trail out to the lake was sandy. Very sandy! It’s hard to walk in and trek through. However, it was worth it once you get to the lake.

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Marvin Kuenzi
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Josh Ray
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BackpackingFeeGreat!

Wonderful hike, a nice collection of views: burnt forest, new growth, classic PNW pine forest, and mountain peaks and lake. The trail is very fine loose dirt or sand for about 90% of it, very hard on the feet. Other than that the hike isn't too hard, nothing too steep. Trail is well maintained. You pass a few ponds or small lakes on the way there, but you'll know you've reached the lake when you start descending and being able to see it through the trees. Not many people were there but that might have been due to the rain showers that day. Tons of great tent camping spots near the lake with fire pits, good trees for hammocks although those are not as plentiful. Trail was busy along the PCT but didn't pass any groups once on the way to the lake - saw two other groups camping. The next day out when it was a sunny Saturday it was fairly crowded at times, passing several groups on the way to the lake and on the PCT.

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James Sellers
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Hiking

From the Duffy Lake trailhead, beautiful forest trail (roundtrip 9.4 miles) with worthy old growth in the early going, two high-mountain lakes and a few wildflowers (predominantly asters, lupine and paintbrush). For a nice view of Santiam Lake and Three Fingered Jack, skip the first side trail to the lake (the one by the No Campfires sign) and take the second side trail marked by 12-15 stones, then go a few yards counterclockwise for the Jack view. On this Tuesday hike encountered only 11 other hikers (had Santiam Lake to myself) and a group of five people on horseback).

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cody weaver
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Hiking

Read a previous review that mentioned the trail being sandy... that was no joke! Made the hike a bit more challenging. Felt bad for the gf who was wearing running shoes. Still a great view watching the sun go down on the lake and three finger jack!

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Kim Robb
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Backpacking

Sandy section from santiam to Berley lake.

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Kim Robb
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Backpacking

Very sandy trail tough on the feet. Lake is pretty with good camp spots

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David Parry
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BackpackingBugs

Beautiful hike. Santiam very buggy. Duffy better. Swam in both lakes, glorious.

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Nicole Navlet
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HikingBugs

BEAUTIFUL hike. Did a one nighter on July 4th. No snow on trail. Quite a few camping spots along the lake. Lots of mosquitos/ bring bug spray or something! We dropped our stuff and did a day hike to Duffy lake, mowich lake and red butte. Highly recommend red butte if you have time - views of Jefferson, sisters, and 3 fingered jack!

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Scooter Mac-G
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Backpacking

Love this lake and the hike. On 6-14-2020 no day passes for purchase at Santiam Pass PCT trailhead....

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Alex Bennett
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HikingIcySnow

The first 1.5-2 miles you will come across patches of snow about 1ft deep. About 2 miles in the entire trail is covered in snow. People have hiked in so you can follow footprints, but bring a good map because at times it can get hard to see the steps. Right around lower berley lake you will be hiking through about 3 feet of snow. We hiked to lower Berley lake and found a dry spot to camp out. It wasn’t extremely cold, but extremely difficult to find a few dry spots.

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Gail Cannady
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HikingBlowdown

Some blowdown, but not as much as Patgens Loop. First trail off to Craig Lake and on to Berley Lakes disappeared. Ran out of daylight after backtracking. Beautiful warm day with stupendous views of Mt. Washington, Three Sisters, and Three Fingered Jack. SOLITUDE!!!

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Sharon Hall
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Hiking

Hiked 5.6 miles from the PCT trailhead at Santiam Pass to Santiam Lake. The trail is VERY dusty, but not terribly busy or crowded. First three miles is in the burn area from the 2003 fire. Lake is very lovely and worth visiting. Just a heads-up that the route described on AllTrails is out of date and needs to be updated. It shows you hiking Santiam Lodge Trail #3496, a trail which has been abandoned and unmaintained for 15 years. Start at the PCT trailhead instead.

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John Vipiana
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Wildflowers abound. Stunning lake and meadow views. It’s worth the time to bike toward Dixie Lake through a beautiful meadow. The route starts with a decommissioned trail. Start on the PCT.

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Rebecca C
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HikingBugs

7/20/19 Not a bad hike at all.... however, there were more families with kids than I expected at the lake so it was not quiet. The view of the lake was also pretty good considering the easy hike in. Of note: flies and mosquitos were pretty heavy despite using bug spray so be prepared. The trail head for this hike is NOT OPEN! You have to park 1/4 down the road at the PCT access and hike it to where the trails intersect. From this access point to the lake I believed it’s about 5.8 miles each way.

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Wes Baker
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HikingBugs

so many bugs. its mosquito paradise

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Ryan Wright
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Hiking

Amazing lake to camp at and beautiful sunrise over 3 finger Jack. Best alpine lake I have been to. Tons of bear grass all along the way and nice forest areas

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Kobayashi Jones
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Hiking

Snow is all gone except for a handful of small patches near the lake. I really liked this hike and will be back since the weather didn't cooperate and blocked my view of Jack the entire time. I parked at the PCT trailhead and took the PCT about 3/4 of mile and where branches off to santiam lake trail.

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Corey Jones
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HikingSnow

Beautiful and not too difficult, but very very snowy. The second half of Santiam Trail to the lake is under several feet of snow and the lake wasn’t entirely thawed. I’d definitely do this again, but a little later in the year. Friendly faces on the trail made a tough situation more bearable. Idahoan and Oregonian hikers are the best!

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Andrew Cartales
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Hiking

Nice gentle climb to Santiam Lake and a spectacular view of Three Fingered Jack. Having horse camped here with a buddy several years ago, I finally talked the whole family into day-hiking it. We made a quick stop at Duffy Lake on the way up. Next time we will backpack a few nights in the area.

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Jacqueline Todak
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First to Review

I had a great Father's Day weekend backpacking this trail with my dad. It was relatively easy with few areas of steep incline, but a couple of tricky stream crossings. We found a great camping spot by the lake, and a previous group of campers (presumably on horse) had left a HUGE tarp that we were able to put up to protect ourselves from the rain. The views of the lake and Three Fingered Jack were absolutely worth hiking in the rain.

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Jasmin Wheeler
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Avery Burke-Doyle
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Heidi Gratsinger
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Joe Forest
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