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Waldo Lake Trail is a 19.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Crescent, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 19.2 mi Elevation gain 1,381 ft Route type Loop

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Bryan Studebaker
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BackpackingBlowdown

I completed this loop with my 6 year old daughter and our dog over 4th of July weekend. Overall it was a nice trip. We started at North Waldo campground and went counter clockwise. There was quite a few down trees, but we came across a trail maintenance crew taking care of them on our way out. Pros- nice amount of shade, great views Cons- a lot of mosquitos especially on the south end. The USFS advertises 50 established campsites, however, I believe most of these are only accessible by canoe/kayak. I found around 5 between the 8-12 mile mark.

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Stone Conroy
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Hiking

Beautiful trail!

Tony Mills
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Mountain bikingBlowdownSnow

Due to a late start we didn’t get the whole way round but the ride was excellent. Went south from the North campground. Few snow patches but a great ride!

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Ariana B.
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HikingBugs

Just backpacked this trail this weekend. We loved it! Started in Shadow Bay, and hiked northwest around the lake. Still some patches of snow near shadow bay, but totally crossable. Camped about 4 miles in the first night. Lots of mosquitos this time of year... bring bug spray. We kept it moving during the day and had a fire at night and it wasn’t bad! Ended up packing it out the entire way the next day bc we didn’t bring cash for the northern campground and couldn’t have a fire off the campground to keep the mosquitos away. Lesson learned. Still can’t wait to do it again!! So beautiful!!

Joy Bebee
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Hiking

My husband and I recently hiked parts of Waldo mountain for our anniversary. We definitely enjoyed ourselves. we got some great views. Came across two black bears. Turned out to be a great day hike we enjoyed together. The mosquitoes got a little intense. but other then that a great trip.

Princess Joyce
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Hiking

I loved this day hike it. I did it on 10/15/18. Beautiful fall colors. I will do this day hike again.

Charles Brown
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Backpacking

Overrated. While there are nice views on portions of the trail, for the most part there aren't any.

Gerard Bonfils
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Hiking

I hiked around Waldo Lake on a late June weekend, on a mostly sunny day. Yes, June is likely not the best time to visit as the little flying and thirsty creatures are all "out to get you". Bug repellent and or mosquitoes headnet are a must. One advantage of June, of course, it the number of daylight hours. I parked at the Shadow Bay boat ramp area (south-eastern end of the lake) and hiked the loop clockwise, the plan being to hike the 4.5 inland eastern branch first, keeping the most scenic part of the loop for later. This also allowed me to have the sun above and behind me most of the time. I diverted twice from the route shown for the trail: once at Shadow Bay to explore the Shoreline trail with nice views of a few small islands; the second time, again on the Shoreline Trail, at North Waldo for a quick snack and exploration of camping opportunities. The best views (and the most access to the lake shores) is from the aforementioned Shoreline Trail sections, from the Taylor Burn to the north and from the short peninsula south of the inlet to the North Fork Willamette river. The north side, at least during my visit was more windy, the breeze thankfully keeping the bugs at bay. South of the peninsula, the trail mostly remains about .1 mile inland, passing by several small lakes, ponds, and creeks (more mosquitoes!). Even when getting closer to the lake, the trail on that section does not provide access to the shoreline. I descended about 20 feet at some point (southwest of Rhododendron Island) to filter water and snack; the shore is steep and the underbrush and dead limbs make it less than easy to get there. In mosquito-free months, the few small lakes on the can be a good alternative to a stop on the lakeside. The southern end of the lake is flatter, features a shelter, and provides easier access to the lake; again, not an option for me as mosquitoes love that calmer area with lowland marshes. The loop trail (Jim Weaver trail) is a bit over 19 miles as per this trail's description. The diversions to the Shoreline Trail (plus short spurs to the lake) make is a bit over 21 miles. Likely because it was June... I only encountered 5 parties (either 1 or 2 people) the whole time I spent on the trail on this fine Saturday. North Waldo is also significantly more frequented by campers/boaters than the smaller Shadow Bay area on the south east end. Views of significant landmarks around include: Diamond Peak, Mt David Douglas, Maiden Peak, The Twins, Gerdine Butte, Charlton Butte and Rigdon Butte. With the exception of the Taylor Burn section on the north side, most of the trail is through wooded areas, with the west leg of the trail being slightly overgrown when I went (made it a bit harder to use trekking poles). Oh...and yes! The transparency of the waters in shallow parts was just as amazing as the deep blue / indigo of the deepest parts.

Shawn E.
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Hiking

Great day hike or overnight. Lots of MTB traffic so watch out. A 2 mile side hike to Rigdon Butte for a scramble to the top is very nice to get a. view of the area. (Turn north at the footbridge over the Willamette on North side of lake -2miles from north islet th)

Jeff Huston
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Backpacking

August 26 and 27, 2017 - backpacking/camping trek with 12 year old son. A truly gorgeous hike with nearly all trees that fell during the winter/spring cleared from the trail. Huckleberries were truly awe inspiring in variety, quantity and flavor. Thousands present, truly! We went counter-clockwise starting at Islet campground, hitting huge sections of huckleberries starting in the burned section furthest from North Waldo Campground, then going for at least eight or nine miles after!!! Very few full circle hikers, though a dozen or so full circle mountain bikers. Well worth the trip. Few mosquitoes at this late time of year. Only downside was smoke from all the fires hindering visibility,.

Clay DeForge
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Backpacking

Three day backpack with son and 14 year old granddaughter, August 4-6. Awash in delicious huckleberries! Mosquitos love Waldo in July and August, so be prepared. My favorite place!

Mark Hubler
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Hiking

fantastic trail. hike ran west half. look for patches with plump huckleberries.

Tony Tony Hunter
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great loop, watch out for skeeters.

John Fellman
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Hiking

Haven't hiked it in a while but remember it being beautiful and hard, but we had to turn back because the trail wasn't being maintained. Too many fallen trees on the trail

Terry Sayre
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Amazing in late August or September.

Ryan Vesely
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Mountain biking

Did an out and back going clockwise. Super burned out area at the north end of the lake but some really cool features. Crossed the head waters for the north fork of the Willamette river.

Reenie Gastineau
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D Frank
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William Foster
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Kim Robb
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Kim Robb
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Kim Robb
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Kim Robb
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Steve Cherry
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harveydfisherjr@me.com Fisher
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Courtland C.
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Stuart Gamble
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Stephen Fulks
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Kat Sloma
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