Windy Lakes Trail

HARD 3 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.

DISTANCE
10.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
856 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail 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.

hiking
3 months ago

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
Monday, August 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.

hiking
Monday, July 13, 2015