Explore the most popular lake trails near Bend with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
7 days ago

No other word to describe but as intense. I’d recommend trekking poles because to get up to the false summit and to the main summit it is pretty unsteady with loose rock and powder. Very easy to lose footing. I’d also suggest bringing more than a liter of water and definitely a protein bar or two. Other than that it was a beautiful hike.

It was a great experience. I did about a 13 mile loop and the majority of the trail was shaded so it was nice and cool. The only downside is that you have to run up the road back up where you came from. If there was a way to connect it from another trail this would be a 5 star trail.

hiking
8 days ago

My 12 year old and i hiked to the summit 5 days ago, it was a tough trail and yes the mosquitos were bad in the forest just before you come up to the Moraine Lake trail jct.. We will fo this one again for sure. Make sure to take sunscreen, sunglasses and at least 2-3L of water, unless you plan on stopping at the alpine lake below the summit to refill.

This was my 4th Time on South Sister. Great weather and the trail is virtually snow free (except one little patch for like 20 feet that may have melted by days end). Lots of sun screen. Carried 5 liters of fluid - only drank 2 but finished the rest when i got down. Mosquitoes were not that bad - just a few at the start.
I am 52 and I hiked from Devils Lake Campground to the summit proper in 3 hours 20 minutes. Had some food (Carne Asada all meat burrito) and took some pics then headed down. Took me 2 hours 12 minutes to get back to the campground. Total hiking time was 5:32 minutes. One AP said 13.7 miles and another said 13.5. I also wore North Face Ultra 110 trail running shoes - my favorite - low tops and no rocks got in. It was a good hike and workout.

Excellent introduction to big mountain hiking and climbing. Requires some fitness and persistence, but this trail does not require any technical climbing skill. Moderately fit people can get to the summit in 4 hours from Devil’s Lake Trail Head. This same person will need a little over 3 hours to hike down. Fit (specifically: active runners and hikers) people can summit in 3-3.5 hours and descend in under 3. Add an hour at the summit to enjoy the views. I highly recommend trekking poles as it is easy to slip on the way down. Trail can be hiked in sturdy tennis shoes, but hiking boots are best to reduce the amount of dirt and rocks that can get into your shoes. Trail shoes are great.

Beautiful views & a great sense of achievement await those who summit.

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked trail on July 5 from Devil's lake to summit and back. Departed 0915, Moraine Lake 1015, Bottom of Lewis Glacier 1215, Summit 1315. Entire route was warm and sunny, until the top where it was cold and windy. Hardest hike I've done for sure. Total out and back time around 7.5 hours. Last 2 miles took 2 hours extremely steep and loose footage makes for a slow final summit.

hiking
13 days ago

First attempt failed this time due to poor conditions at the summit. I hiked into Moraine Lake and camped the night before. The mosquitoes were a problem when the wind wasn't blowing. I headed out at 4am for the summit and got up to cirque lake before having to turn back due to freezing cloud cover blowing 30-40 mph. I waited for an hour, but before heading back down. It didn't clear up until about noon, but I was already back in Bend by then. Note: after the first couple miles of the approach, there is almost 100% sun and wind exposure on the way up, depending on time of day. When there isn't sun and wind, there are plenty of mosquitoes to accompany you. Plan accordingly!

Loved this climb/hike. The only unfortunate thing is we chose a day when the wind almost ripped us off the mountain. When we were on the summit for over half an hour we were alone, which is unusual on a popular route like this but the weather forced most people back. Very similar to the St. Helens climb in height and length and effort. If you are one of the people frustrated by the poorly run permit system on St. Helens go to South Sister no permit required and more backpacking available. Not technical at all but strongly suggest trekking poles.

15 days ago

Fantastic hike just really crowded.

hiking
15 days ago

Lucked out with the best day to hike this. Clear blue skies and hardly any wind. My first summit and it was definitely one for the books! Met so many great people and had a blast!!

backpacking
17 days ago

My absolute favorite place to hike! She is spiritual. This was my second trip up the mountain and unfortunately the weather made the summit too dangerous. 40-50 mile an hour winds but we gave it a go!

hiking
17 days ago

Trekking poles, gaiters OR tall boots, Deet, sunglasses, layers, water, food, $5 for parking, an early start, and GOOD SLEEP! Brought spikes but didn't need them.

4.5 hours up
3.25 hours down

5000' gain(and loss) is nothing to laugh at. I am in very good physical condition, moderate-intense exercise everyday, but I was VERY sleep deprived the day of the hike, the levels of suck were astronomical. I was delirious and in pretty rough shape at the end, glad I had a companion. Make sure you are in good all around shape (mental, physical, sleep, food, attitude, etc.) before attempting this. It's a straightforward hike but the distance and elevation will challenge anyone. Which makes it worth saying that I still loved this hike/climb.

Some of the cons: A little busy, mosquitos for the first and last 3-4 miles, scree/sand/pebbles for the top half of the hike. Wear gaiters or boots that go higher than ankle.

hiking
19 days ago

First time up but did a little research and stayed on the summit overnight. It was windy but there are spots that provide shelter from the wind. Wind was ~30 mph and temp in the 20s overnight but I packed according and was comfortable. It wasn't easy getting all that gear up there but that sunrise was great.

backpacking
19 days ago

Packed into Morraine Lake, had lunch and set up camp and the continued onto summit. Beautiful hike! Quite a bit of snow but perfect for a glissading descent. Scree field at the top wasn’t the most fun but the summit is worth the riff. Love this hike will do again!

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike. Perfect conditions yesterday (July 2). I’m an experienced hiker and found this challenging but totally doable. Yes there is loose scree in the final stretch to the summit, but I didn’t have gaiters and I was totally fine. A good pair of tall hiking boots worked fine and I only had to pull out a rock once in a while. Tons of parking around Devils Lake, but don’t forget to bring $5 cash!!

hiking
22 days ago

I’d choose California hikes over this lame hike any day

hiking
25 days ago

6/26/18
Astounding views of every single cascade peak from Mt Rainier to Mt. Shasta except for Mt Washington and Mt St Helens. The snow capped Olympic Range in Washington and the Wallowa Mts in e.Oregon were visible as well. Summited at noon and had the entire summit and snowfield all to myself for about 30 minutes. Light wind and not a cloud in the sky. Gaiters for the descent were essential .Trail has patchy snow between 7000’-8000’ but snow free below and above that until you reach the summit. Pool at top is not thawed. Camping at Moraine Lake was amazing and makes for a shorter summit hike, overnight temps in the mid 30s

hiking
26 days ago

First off, I'm an inexperienced climber/hiker but maintain a high level of fitness (gym 6 days a week, mainly just cardio) and wow, this was a smoker! Once I hit the snow I lost the trail (going up, found it on the way down) and had to do a modified duck walk/step in old footprints as the snow was packed pretty tight and quite slippery. The false summit definitely got me, but kept pressing. Started at 10:30, reached the summit at 14:00, departed at 14:20 and made it back to the car right at 17:00. I now know what poles are as everyone had them but me, and will definitely get some, and recommend them, especially for the last portion of the hike. Also, sunscreen, didn't even think about it, and I am roasted!

hiking
28 days ago

Best hike I've done. Great views at the top, and all along the way

Fantastic hike. Departed the parking lot at 1330. Made it to the summit by 1830. Spent 20 minutes on the top. Began our descent and made it back to the parking lot at 2200. Average temperature was 66°. Snow was fairly firm, each step sank about 3-4 inches in. Highly recommend lightweight quick-dry or waterproof pants, neoprene socks (or equivalent), and good shoes. We were a party of 3 guys and one girl in our 20s, and in decent physical condition.

hiking
1 month ago

Left the trailhead about 8 am on 6/16. Saw many others using spikes/crampons, but personally I never felt the need as the snow wasn’t very hard. Waterproof boots and a good trekking pole or two will suffice. Reached the summit by noon. Was no visibility and 45 mph winds, but never felt dangerous due to the well marked trail. Brought some waterproof pants and gaiters for some glissading on the way down. Back to the car by 2 pm.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 6/14. Started the hike at 6 am. Good amount of snow still so we put on ice spikes when the trail started to get steep. Was good to start early in the day while the snow was still hard as it turned to slush as the day went on and was harder to manage. Trekking poles were a must to keep from sliding and take some pressure off our knees on the way back down. It was clear up top with a beautiful view of the other 2 sisters, 3 fingered jack and mt Jefferson. Don't be discouraged by the false summit, keep going because the glacier/snow field and view from the top are worth it!

This is one of my favorite trails. It’s easy and very rewarding.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 5/12/18. Car camped with Ali and Denali at the trailhead. Snow started at the beginning of the trail so we snow shoed the whole way. There was a cloud over the top of the mountain the entire way, and as we got closer the wind really started picking up. Our plan was to just go to the lake because we knew there wasn’t going to be a view but we stopped about 1.5-2 miles from the summit because we were hit with 40-50 MPH winds that were throwing snow and ice at us. We didn’t summit but the views of Bachelor were worth it. Really beautiful!

Phone service is non-existent, so download directions before you go. This trail is unmarked so it was a little difficult to find but we managed. We filled out a wilderness permit just because, I don't know if day trippers need to. The incline is gradual and the hike beautiful. The crown of the hike is definitely the lake at the end. Bring swim trunks or go natural, it is very refreshing. You are next to a watersource the whole small hike so you can stop anywhere along the way and put your toes in. It was worth the drive.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. BRING hiking poles! 8-12 inch s of snow. Nice and crunchy on the way up but slushy on the way down. GORGEOUS vista views. Hard hike for sure. Be in some kind of shape or suffer. Loved it. Hiked Oct. 5th (last week) much more snow today I’m sure.

Amazing hike, lots or snow as of 9/25/17. First stretch of woods had 2-4 inches about a mile in. Flat middle stretch had 8-12 inches. Snow shoes would probably help but its pretty slushy, packed and icy so maybe spikes would work better. Trekking poles are a MUST, and ideally some waterproof socks/boots. We weren't prepared and turned back before the final accent. There was also some posted potential trail closures down by the trailhead that referenced fire activity but it may have been out of date because the trail was fine, and we saw some folks who had made it all the way up and all was fine. Campground at the base was snow-free and beautiful but dropped below freezing at night.

Snow from basically the parking lot all the way to the top, microspikes are not needed but make a huge difference in the slushy snow.

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