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

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail to the lake. You'll have to climb over a few logs and go off trail a bit if you want to get to the river mouth but if you're comfortable with that it's well worth it.

There are a few spots to backpack camp but they are pretty close to the trail which seems to be pretty busy, so I'm not sure I would recommend it if you're looking for privacy.

hiking
7 days ago

Loved every step! Oregon at it's best.

Mosquitoes still biting on 8/8 esp on Scott Mtn Trail. Smoky so views were not clear but would be terrific on a smoke free day. Maybe save for fall as second part of loop is partially exposed near lava flow and burn area.

on Linton Lake Trail

11 days ago

Beautiful trail, remote lake

on Obsidian Trail

hiking
11 days ago

The most beautiful hike I have been on in the States. Requires a reservation, which is a pain to get but worth the trouble. I’ve done this twice, both times in August. There is nothing on earth like the obsidian fields, they glow in the sunlight, absolutely worth the trip. Plus Middle Sister looms directly overhead after you punch up out of the forest. This is full of cliffs, peaks, dells, forests, lava rocks and obsidian glass. Stunning, do not pass up the opportunity.

There is a pretty nice little stream right before the loop at the end. Easy refill if you have a means for purification.

Bugs were not an issue, and I hit no snow.

It’s pretty remote as the permit only allows 30 people a day (70 campers I believe). Rangers do check for permits. In 4 hours I saw 2 hikers, and one ranger, otherwise I had the trail to myself.

This is labeled moderate but if you are not pushing the pace I’d say it’s easy for an adult. I jogged it when I was 18, I did it in 4 hours last week at 40.

18 days ago

Now this is what a get away should be all about. We hiked in and did an overnighter in our hammocks. Plenty of camp spots up around from Obsidian Falls. Spring water out of the shale rock was awesome. Crystal clear. We had our own little private lake for a dip at Arrow head lakes. Too much to see for a day hike. I recommend an overnighter to soak it all in. Sunrise and Sunset were picture perfect.

amazing

hiking
1 month ago

I loved it. Great for a long get day hike. I will be going back for sure, but want to bring overnight gear to explore even further.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on this trail yesterday. Very little snow at this point put still lots of water for refills. I didn't feel that the bugs were terrible but bring bug spray anyways. Beautiful hike. Don't forget your permit, they were checking.

hiking
1 month ago

Don't forget the bug spray! Beautiful hike!

Did this last Saturday. Fantastic hike! I started at the Hand Lake trail at the Scott Lake campground and went counterclockwise. The summit had amazing views of the three sisters, Mount Washington, Mount Jefferson, and even Mount Hood was peeking over!

I did lose the trail in the snow a couple times on Scott Mountain just before the spur that brings you to the summit.

The only issue was the mosquitoes. Definitely pack some bug spray. I didn’t and they were *brutal*—so bad I decided to skip the spur to Benson Lake near the end of the hike. Guess I’ll have to come back!

What a wonderful hike. Elevation gain was easy so not sure this hard except for the length of hike. Mosquitoes were fierce! Be prepared!!!

Highway 242 is always closed in winter, so certainly this trail is only appropriate for June-October. Plenty of snow to cross in July. Many mosquitos. The views are magnificent without too much of a grunt or elevation gain. Would hike again. :)

backpacking
1 month ago

Backpacked this a few days ago. Nice trail beautiful lake. Unfortunately, too many people. Not just too many....too many people who have zero understanding of how to behave in the wilderness. We found a spot well away from others until a group of 6 showed up and setup NEXT to us......ON the trail....where they also decided to build a fire pit. This is in addition to the kayakers who decided setting a downed tree on fire and leaving it on the beach was a good idea.

As for recent trail reports.....the ACTUAL trail leading to the lake is clear and well maintained. The downed trees do not start until after the lakeshore.

Overall, a great location. But people mess things up. Fortunately, a group of rangers showed up and handled things.

FYI - it’s exactly 1.4 miles from the parking lot to the lakeside campsite.

hiking
1 month ago

Warning: Stay on the trail. I was with a group determined to make it to a beachy spot and we left the trail to get there. Extremely steep parts, dead trees from a forest fire.. Lots of climbing over logs that collapse on you. Gorgeous views but not worth it to leave the trail.

This was a great hike! Not super challenging even though it’s rated as hard. Snow was manageable and easy to find the trail again because of footprints in it. First few miles are really boring though and there are already so many mosquitos so be ready for that. I’d definitely go again.

Just did this hike. I started at the Hand Lake Trailhead via Scott Lake. I went counter clockwise passing by Hand Lake first to give myself more shade and water for the second half. I ran into quite a bit of snow before reaching the junction to head up Scott Mountain, it was still manageable though. I had to bushwack my way up Scott Mountain due to a lot of snow on the north side. From Tenas Lakes back down the Benson Lake trail to Scott Lake, the trail is clear of snow. All in all it was a beautiful hike. The view from the top of Scott Mountain is spectacular. Mosquitoes were THICK! Bring spray.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike. sucks to see it got hit with fire. We tuffed it out and went over the burnt logs. and made it to the waterfall and climbed up. didn't make it to the top due to a ridge and a bunch of downed logs with the dogs in tow it was better safe then sorry.
we jumped in the lake before heading back. fun times.

hiking
1 month ago

Easily one of my favorite backpacking trips ever. Considerable snow on the ground, but nothing knee deep. At the very end of the first half of the trail, where it meets the PCT, there was a dangerous icy patch. If you plan on going that far to pitch your tent, would bring ice spikes to cross into that part. It freezes from slush to ice. Brought a friend who never backpacked before and she loved every second. Wouldn’t rate this as difficult. Rather...medium. The views are insane. You’ll have limited reception in some areas! Make sure you have a map. Some areas can get tricky, and you might find yourself on the PCT accidentally.

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked the loop clockwise starting from the Green Lakes TH last week. The entire east side is snow-free from South Matthieu Lake until a good way up the climb to Green Lakes pass. The PCT is open again after the fires, but still under a lot of snow. We were only the second set of tracks, so if you hike it this early, bring a good GPS.

Beautiful, though!

hiking
2 months ago

Warning: this trail is open but is washed out by burnt trees once you get to Linton Lake. We climbed over the trees but it was pretty scrabbly. Unfortunately we got there too late to climb all the way up the falls because the trail is ever more washed out on the huge incline at the end. It seems like a great hike once it get maintained but for right now I would set out early in the AM to get there with enough time.

hiking
4 months ago

Couldn't access the trailhead - Hwy 242 is closed about 6 miles up (from its beginning point off Hwy 126. Likely due to snow. This was 4-7-18.

backpacking
6 months ago

A few friends and I backpacked this loop last August. We entered at the Devil’s lake trailhead and proceeded counter clockwise from there. We made it as far as camp lake which is a amazing side trip and worth the extra distance. Unfortunately, we were diverted from there due to a large wildfire north of Camp Lake. Rangers had closed the entire west side of the loop and were rerouting PCT hikers east and then south to avoid problems. We ended up circumnavigating Broken Top and cut the trip short. I will most certainly be going back to finish this loop. Be sure to secure permits for the Obsidian area in advance of your trip, they’re limited.

backpacking
6 months ago

Loved Three-Sisters- although this trail is not 35 mi- it is 45-50 miles depending on your entry point. I hiked clock-wise over 3 days 3 nights beginning at Pole Creek- there is no camping in the burn area at Pole Creek until you reach your first unnamed lake. There was no campfires allowed in Deschutes when I was there- which was not long after the big fire. This may have changed but I would check before going. Green Lakes was amazing, I went swimming in the water and spent plenty of time enjoying myself there, as I suggest to anyone taking this loop! Obsidian Falls was beautiful as well, but again- you can't camp here without special permits. Collier Cone was a long ascent and had limited water- but we never ran out. Overall it was amazing and 10/10 would return.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing, especially if you like being up close and personal with a volcanic eruption zone! The field of obsidian at the base of the mountains sparkles like diamonds. Lots of springs & alpine meadows. Easy to medium difficulty. Walked the last four miles out by the light of a full moon, which I photographed rising over Middle Sister. Didn’t need a flashlight! Went mid-September, fewer hikers but cool and rather windy. Excellent hike!

11/19/17. There's road construction on the South Fork McKenzie River bridge that has closed the road. Unless you want to drive all the way around the lake you will have to wait till the end of November, at least, before the road reopens.

hiking
9 months ago

We just tried to do this hike today and both the French Pete Campground and trail are closed because of the fires this summer!!

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

I hiked the Scott Mountain Loop trail in early August.
This is quite a beautiful hike for a “lesser” destination compared to many other options in same area. I loved the variety this 10 miles (or so) route provides: views from the summit, of course; several beautiful and very accessible lakes (Scott Lake, Hand Lake, Tenas Lakes and Benson lake in particular), up-close view of a lava flow (without the hassle to walk through one), wildflowers and beautiful wooded sections… not to mention some healthy cardio workout (w/o too much exertion).
A few key observations.
Lots of parking spots at the trailhead, but most where taken when I got there at 8am on a Saturday – likely because folks camp overnight along Scott or other lakes.
Bugs are found around the lakes but also almost always to the summit. I was reminded that they will find a way through light clothing of even the elbow brace I was wearing to protect a recent injury.
The abundance of lakes along the way makes It easy to replenish your water supply (with the proper water filtering/treatment of course) if you get low or want to travel very light and just drink from the lakes.
I walked the loop counterclockwise so that the flatter section from Scott Lake to Hand Lake would work as a nice warm up, to enjoy the early morning light at more open vistas (the leg from the trailhead to the summit is mostly viewless – except the lakes), and also to replenish my water supply and cool myself on the way down from the summit at a few lakes when heat was as its peak.
The summit is rather spacious and provides many spots to enjoy the views (Mt Jefferson, Three-Fingers Jack, Mt Washington, Belknap Crater, Black Crater, Three Sisters and Broken top were visible on a slightly hazy August day)
All sections of the loop are well cut and well maintained. The only potential exception is the trail going up the Eastern slope of Scott Mountain (“Scott Way” - #4345) which was a bit overgrown in places, with a few blown-down trees, and made using hiking poles a bit uncomfortable. I tried to go a bit further north on the Hand Lake trail (past the junction with “Scott Way”) but quickly retreated due to blow-downs and encroaching vegetation.

backpacking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

This hike is a must!! Backpacked in for a couple nights .. It was amazing .. The waterfalls were breathtaking hands down best hikes I've Done in a while..

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Left Bend around noon, made it to the trail head at one. We hiked all the way up the river to the falls. One of the most amazing hikes I have done in a long time. I have been backpacking and hiking my entire life and can honestly say this is a must do trail. You won't be disappointed. You can hike it in a day or take your packs and make an overnight trip of it. We started to hike out around 4 and made it back to the truck around 6-ish. Made the drive back to Bend with plenty of sun still in the sky.

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