Windy Lakes Trail

HARD 6 reviews
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Windy Lakes Trail is a 10 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Crescent, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.0 miles Elevation Gain: 764 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

running

forest

lake

views

bugs

Directions from Crescent Lake Junction: On State Highway 58 go south toward Crescent Lake for approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto the first paved road, Forest Service Road #60, after crossing the railroad tracks. Travel about 6 miles, the trailhead is on the left just before the Spring Campground entrance.

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bugs
5 months ago

I absolutely recommend this trail to hikers of all levels. The elevation change is very minimal and the views are absolutely incredible. It’s very remote, which offers immense opportunities for uninterrupted solitude. The mosquitos are also no joke this time of year- bring your bug spray and mosquito nets. If you can get past that, the many, MANY lakes you will see are absolutely amazing. Nearby Suzanne lake has some incredible looking (and tasting) Brook trout that are a hell of a lot of fun to catch. Fair warning: the road to get up there (crescent lake to summit lake, (NF-60)) is extremely rough and 4x4 with high clearance is a requirement. There are many washouts, ruts, large boulders, and huge bumps to get over. It is also next to impossible to get up there if it has rained. The soil is dry and silty, and turns to slick mud in an instance.

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Tue Aug 15 2017

A hiking buddy and I had been wanting to take this hike for sometime and surpassed any expectations I might have had regarding it. As recommended by William Sullivan, we began at the Meek Lake trailhead. However the dirt road that leads from Crescent Lake to Summit Lake is not maintained and with each passing year, it degrades further. It took us about 30 minutes to travel the 3.9 miles. As for the hike, it is a gradual uphill. The lodgepole forest was replaced near Meek Lake with the more appealing shade of hemlocks and firs, and the dusty trail was softened by needles and canopy litter. With a myriad of ponds and lakes along the path, the hike in my opinion offers a wide variety of photographic opportunities. Lastly, the trail offers a tremendous amount of solitude. We hiked it on a Sunday in mid-August and never met a single person along the trail. It was only at East Lake that we met a few backpackers.

hiking
Mon Aug 10 2015

Beautiful alpine lakes with perfect places to camp. Caught brook trout in nearby Suzanne lake for dinner. Wouldn't rate this trail as difficult, but it does travel continuously uphill on your way in. Some maps suggest this trail is 5 miles only, but it is definitely a bit longer. warning- buggy lakes in the summer! The mosquitos will drive you away if you do this one at the wrong time.

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6 months ago

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Mon Jul 13 2015