Square Lake

EASY 20 reviews
#34 of 122 trails in

Square Lake is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cascadia, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
495 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

backpacking
27 days ago

End of Summer hike. Scenery was beautiful, nice views....and also the forest is making a comeback. We saw many deer over the 3 days (we camped at square lake). We caught some trout as well! Downside was that the trails were very dusty and it was pretty much like walking on sand the whole time.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for kids. It’s long for young ones, but our 4-year olds were able to make it - albeit with very tired legs at the end. Beautiful views the entire way. Nice picnic area *after* you see the sign markers at the top of the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Sand is too hot for dog paws this time of year though.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely hike, was a bit steeper than I expected. Heads up for dogs: the trail is sand so it gets very hot during the day.

hiking
2 months ago

Great easy hike!

2 months ago

This was a great little hike! The lake was beautiful and serene.

backpacking
3 months ago

Great 2-night trip to the lake (Mon-Wed). Plenty of mosquitoes. Saw fish jumping and got one bite but no success. During our 40 hours saw just two people hike past from Round Lake. No snow in sight except up far past Booth Lake on the hill in front of Three Fingered Jack to the North. Hiked around the lake clockwise. There's a trail of sorts from where the maintained trail to Round lake departs all the way to the peninsula on the East side but not beyond. The 2003 burn left tons of standing, dead, bleached white, barkless trees, making it easier to see but strangely eery

hiking
4 months ago

My daughter Jennifer and I were looking for an early-May overnight destination in the Oregon Cascades. The access road to the trailhead had several snow patches requiring decent clearance. This was our first trip into this area. We were thankful for our GPS to regain the trail after long stretches of snow. For the record, May 4 is a little early for this hike even in a low snow year. After watching the dog venture out onto the lake's thin ice cover, we decided to return to the trailhead and camp at a nearby campground

hiking
11 months ago

Took the kids on this hike last summer. Our 5 and 7 year olds, me and the husband spent the day hiking to Square Lake and playing in the water. It was warm and quiet, we only saw a few people on the PCT part, and maybe 2 others once we got to the lake. One of the best family hikes we’ve done since moving to Sisters last year.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I love spending time in this area. I actually went all the way to Martin Lake on this over night trip, stopping at Square Lake and Booth Lake along the way. Pretty easy hike all the way around, but up to Martin Lake is off trail and quite steep. Photos posted are of Martin Lake

hiking
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hiking
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hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

backpacking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

hiking
Sunday, December 11, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

backpacking
Sunday, June 26, 2016