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Vivian Lake is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Oakridge, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.3 mi Elevation gain 1,735 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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Forest

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Laurel DeVito
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HikingBugsOff trail

Confusing trail, not great signage. Had to cross over a gravel road, train track then onto another gravel road. Definitely take your map This trail should be rated as hard because of the steep elevation climb for about a mile. It was actually 8.5 miles. We did it thought in 3 hours and 15 min. Lots of mosquitoes. We had “natural” bug spray that didn’t seem to work The lake was beautiful though. Worth the workout. Lake temp was great! Wish we brought a small floaty.

Melanie S.
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HikingBugsGreat!

Spectacular hike yesterday with perfect weather. We enjoyed creeks and waterfalls along the way. There were lots of huckleberries to eat; tons of bear grass in bloom near the lake; and the Lake temperature was great for swimming!

Dakota Steele
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HikingSnow

This was definitely an interesting hike. I was in the area to hike the Diamond Creek falls route, but continued on to Vivian Lake. Prior to seeing the sign for it, I was unaware that there was even a trial to a lake. After you walk over the train tracks (which is frequently used by trains), the trial markers seem to vanish. I went left onto a small path which later connected to the actual trial. About half a mile later I lost the path again. I had to carry one of my dogs across a stream because the water was too rapid, found the path again, but once again lost it. I made it to the second falls area and tried to continue to the lake. But after the second falls there was no trial, no signs, and just a lot of trees with deep snow. We ultimately got lost in the trees and did not make it to the lake. I'd suggest waiting a few more weeks before going on the trial.

Dulce Carolina
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HikingFee

It’s just not worth it. I mean, If you want to extend your hike from Diamond Creek falls, then it’s a good choice, mostly because you can find other hidden waterfalls along the trail (no name) worth the risk! :) But the lake is dry and in some areas the water looks like algae contaminated and didn’t want to get closer for my dog. Trail is well marked, except for the point where you cross the train tracks, where it looks you have to go right, but the trail actually continues to your left, on a smaller path.

Sarah Martens
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HikingSnow

3.5/5 We hiked on 11/23 with our dog starting at 9AM. We didn't see anyone all the way to Vivian Lake and most of the way back once we got about 1.5 mi from the parking lot- the solitude was awesome! The waterfalls are all pretty cool, but no close up access to the foots of them that we could see/find. You have the sounds of the creeks and waterfalls with you most of that way :) . There was 1-2 inches of snow once we got up near the lake, and there was a thin layer of ice on the water. Total mileage on my apple watch was closer to 8.4mi, but I know it isn't always spot on. Overall this is a very nice easy-moderate hike and we enjoyed it. However, it definitely won't knock your socks off and depending on who you are the mileage might not be worth it. I also am not sure all of the photos are actual of this hike.

Sarah Wagner
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HikingBugs

Wonderful hike! Great day hike or easy and child friendly backpacking trip. We were there August 2-4 in 2019, trails were in good condition and we had the trail mostly to ourselves. Plenty of camping spots to enjoy. And the lake was a perfect temperature and a great reward for the steep climb at the top. Mosquitoes were bad in spots and being prepared for them is very important to being able to enjoy the hike!

Rachel Hopkins
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HikingBugs

So many mosquitos throughout the hike. Otherwise it was the perfect length for a day hike with some relaxing time for lunch at the lake. The water was warm and we went mid-week so only saw one other person sitting near the falls. Fairly easy trail with a few steep parts. Will definitely do this one again.

Enga M.
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HikingBugs

Just went today, noon on a Saturday, some crowds around the falls but only saw two other groups of people on the way to the lake. After crossing the railroad tracks make sure you look for the small trail to the left of the old dirt road, I took the road for about a mile accidentally and had to backtrack. The hike was pretty steep before and between the two Fall Creek falls, the last mile after wasn’t too bad. Mosquitoes were bad in the shade, horse fly wouldn’t leave me alone at the lake until my dog ate it. Vivian Lake was totally worth it, gorgeous blue and the water was quite warm, will definitely be back again.

Chad Darby
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The lake was kind of dried up and the trail had few switchbacks so it was pretty strenuous going up.

Carl Fairbanks
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Hiking

Did this hike trying to increase my miles to see what I am comfortable with doing. I definitely want to come back to camp

Vicki Infinito
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Hiking

Did the Salt Creek Falls to Vivian Lake and ended up 2miles down a forest service road. Best advice is to turn right towards diamond falls not left to follow the Vivian lake trail sign. Go see Diamond Falls and then hike up to the lookout and keep going up. You will eventually cross railroad tracks and look to your left for the trail.

Liz Schmehling
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Hiking

The trail was very lightly trafficked despite the crowds at salt creek falls. Once you cross the train tracks be careful to look for the trail to the left of the road directly ahead.

Ulad Slabin
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Hiking

We the company of 9 tried to make it today to the lake. Honestly tried but had to bail because the higher the more the trail was covered with snow and thus hard to find. We reached Fall Creek Falls and took pictures, will probably give it another try in summer.

Dan Algeo
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nice lake, combined this with salt creek falls hike.

Shawn Schneider
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Hiking

The trail has several logs across it since we took it a few years ago but is still a good hike. It is a lot of down hill that you will have to come back up to return to your car. My 7 and 11 year olds did great but it was slow going on the return.

Clayton Augustine
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Great trail. Last mile is very difficult for kids. Very steep. Lake is warm. Lots of frogs to catch.

Benny Miller
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dez meyers
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Chris Manella
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Brittney Reynolds
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Nicky Moody
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Chris Widdop
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Tom Welch
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Shannon Walker
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Bill Whalen
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Shawna Depew
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Gerard Bonfils
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Heath McConnell
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