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Lovely hike through a nice forest to a pleasant mountain lake. Not a difficult hike. Many dry creek beds. Probably muddy other times of the year. No poles or bug spray needed.

I hiked to Divide Lake and back , from Willamette pass and mostly following the PCT, on a late July day as the little annoying sting beasts’s numbers starting to dwindle (no small consideration in this area rich on water sources). Using the PCT for 8 of the 9 miles to Divide lake guarantee a good thread and reasonable grades

I parked just off the OR58’s turnoff to Shelter cove, on a long and spacious dirt parking lot. Alternatives can be to park at the Gold Lake SnoPark (NF 5899) leading to Pengra Pass road. There might also be options further down the Shelter Cove Rd, closer to Pengra Pass.
The first two miles or so (from the parking lot to the intersection with the Pengra Pass dirt road) climbs up a bluff overlooking Odell lake before descending back down to the pass. There is, in particular, a nice rocky outcropping at the 1 mile mark providing unobstructed views of Odell. This is slightly off the trail, look for it on your left as you make your way south.

Past Pengra pass, the PCT starts it long, moderate ascent all the way to Lil’s Lake ([passing Midnight Lake, Arrowhead Lake, and Hidden lake on the way… plus many smaller bodies of water. Hidden lake is just that.. hidden. Look for a spur to the left (heading south) that climbs a couple hundred feet up a slope behind which the lake hides. Most of this section is adequately shaded and the lakes provide a respite from the relatively dry (in July/Aug) terrain along the trail. Lil’s lake shore offers many camping, lunch/break spots. This is a good break point before tackling the next 2.5 miles with a more pronounced climb to the junction with the Mt Yoran trail (Mile 8 – a few goods views of Diamond peak on that section) and steep/short .15 ascent to the ridge line. The trail then drops down to the lake in ¾ mile, passing a smaller lake just before reaching Divide. The eastern end of divide lake has good camping/lunching spots with direct views of the east face of Mt Yoran.

I walked a few hundred feet further on the southern shore to my lunch spot and, eventually, a short swim in the lake on a very hot day.

I intended to make this a loop by returning via the Yoran Lake trail branching off the PCT on the southwest side of Lil’s lake. Soon enough, however the trail became harder to find and, after a reaching a few dead-ends, I returned to the PCT. If I did this again, I would start on the Trapper Creek trail and then making a right on the Yoran lake trail, then return via the PCT.

While the route is mostly through forested areas, it does not hurt to bring sunscreen too.
Altogether, this came up to a bit over 18 miles, a good distance for a long hiking day, with a few refreshing stops at the various lakes. As of 2018, this route is free of sad remnants of forest fires that plague areas of the PCT further to the north, around McKenzie pass.

Final note: Divide lake and Mt Yoran can also be accessed from the Vivian lake trailhead to the west; that is a shorter hike (less than 8 miles round trip) but (1) it takes longer to get to the trailhead via Hills Creek Rd in Oakridge and a few unpaved miles and (2) you don’t get to sit and relax at Shelter Cove when you are back!

hiking
1 month ago

I consider myself a moderate hiker and was weary of taking this hike, but once started was not overwhelmed by the gradual increase in altitude. Definitely used my sticks and was glad for them. We hiked 8/7/18 and only encountered a few mosquitoes, I had spray but my husband didn't and he sought coverage with a long sleeve windbreaker. I was not bothered at all. Yoran Lake was delightful and beckoned us to jump into it's comfortable clear fresh water. Some water bugs and flying pests, but nothing to run and hide from. Dog loved it too. Wilderness permit to fill out at the trail head.

backpacking
2 months ago

Backpacked in to spend two nights camping at Yoran Lake. Started the hike mid-afternoon. Trail was good - mostly dirt with an occasional dry stream bed crossing, and very well shaded most of the way. A lot of overall uphill, but not very steep and fairly easily done, even with packs. Bugs were present, mostly toward the second half of the hike, so spray was a must. Two nice lakes along the way before reaching Yoran Lake and our campsite of choice along the east side of the lake. Great view of Diamond Peak, and amazing reflection when the weather and wind is calm. Pleasant evening overall. And then the sun went down, and it was at that point that our nice little time by the campfire made us start hurriedly preparing for night and dashing to our tents.

Once the light dimmed, from the depths of Hades came a surging battalion of swarming, bloodthirsty mosquitos. Hellbent on annoyance, misery, and overall just plunging their proboscises wherever they could find bare skin, these little bastards would not be deterred by campfire smoke or deet, or anything else we could do to drive them away. It was a clear night, and I’m sure the stars looked amazing if we were brave (or dumb) enough to venture outside to have a look. There was no choice but to fall asleep to their whiny hum, and the same sound greeted us upon waking. The situation did not improve upon morning, and their tenacity and sheer numbers forced us to leave post haste a day early, making packing up camp a miserable experience.

In spite of the bugs, it was a good area to be overall. The views were great, the lakes were beautiful, and the trail itself was a good leisurely stroll. Simply hiking it is probably not a bad idea this time of year, but if you plan on spending a night or two, unless you want to be turned into a human pincushion or look like you have some freakish skin disease, the mosquitos make that decision one likely best made for late September or early October.

hiking
3 months ago

I enjoyed this hike. The pollen was very thick in the air this time of year (mid June). I wore lots of bug spray per the recommendations of the internet, and I was ok as far as mosquitoes... I may have just gotten lucky that it wasn't a very buggy day. There were a few flies around the lake, and a lot of mosquitoes when I got back to my car. I only ran into a few other people since it was a week day afternoon. The view of Diamond Peak from the shore of the lake was amazing, and the woods were very peaceful. Although there is a decent amount of elevation gain its spread out over 4+ miles so no individual stretch is intensely steep.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike little bit of snow left

Went on a clear day with probably 18" of snow pack along much of the trail, didn't need snowshoes but they wouldn't have hurt to take along. Took a detour on accident down to the train tracks (sharp right off the trail just before the slight right that goes to the shelter) and had a serendipitous train sighting which was enjoyable. Tons of railroad spikes laying around by the tracks that might make for a welcome souvenir. Gradual grade most of the way to the shelter which is a short side path off of the main trail. Well stocked with wood and we got a fire roaring quickly, had a couple Worthy beers and enjoyed the afternoon before making it back just in time to lose daylight. A welcome day trip that I'll make again.

We did an out and back to the Maiden Peak Shelter today. 13 miles round trip. Trail is mixed clear, ice, and packed snow. We used our Yak Trax the whole way. It was a beautiful day. No one on the trails. We think someone stayed overnight last night as a fire was still warm in the shelter.

I snowshoed to Bechtel shelter in mid November after a good weeklong snowfall.
The whole route is on forest roads (Abernathy/Pengra pass road): NF5899 for the first mile and then NF511 for the last mile to the shelter.
I had to blaze the snowshoe trail in virgin deep (2+ feet) and powdery snow. That made for a pretty long slog and a couple undignified falls. If the trail is already packed by others this should be a easy to moderate snowshoe route; the elevation gain is around 300ft and makes for a relatively flat-ish route. The last half-mile to the shelter is a bit steeper than the rest.
The shelter is a a couple hundred feet steep drop below the road and steep (I put on my heel lifts when climbing back up).
When I got there, the shelter was well kept and stocked with firewood. A wood stove, wooden table, and benches form the ground floor room. A loft provides sleeping quarters for a few backpackers.
There are no views to speak of on this trail (other than, of course, the wonderful winter scenery on a bright sunny day).
Parking at the Gold Lake Sno-Park is convenient (don't forget you Sno-Park pass in season) and provides restrooms plus the Gold Lake SnoPark shelter and warming center (fully enclosed structure).

hiking
Friday, September 15, 2017

I hiked the Sawtooth Mountain trail in early September.
The route I chose is a loop starting on Indigo Trail, then Sawtooth Mountain trail to reach the climbers trail via the south ridge. Once at the top, I decided to go for a scramble of the north ridge to try and intersect the Windy Pass trail. From there, I did succeed but route finding and strain on old legs made this section a small challenge. From there I descended to Indigo Lake and walked the trail that goes around the lake. Finally, I returned to Timpanogas Lake via the Indigo Lake trail. All said, about 10 miles.

The lakes (Timpanogas, Indigo), the scramble up the south summit and true summit, the views from the summit, and the cool/shaded forested sections make this trail a small gem. Combine the hiking with some camping, backpacking, fishing, etc and you get more for your footsteps. There are also several route variants, including a traverse from Sawtooth Mountain to Cowhorn Mountain.

If you follow the Sawtooth Mountain trail, it is good to know that you will be climbing two ridges (at 2 miles and 3 miles) before getting to the use trail at the 4 miles mark or so. These two climbs are fairly steep... mostly because switchbacks appear to not have yet been invented when the trail was cut.. it goes almost straight up and ahead.

The scrambles to the south summit and the true summit are neither technically very difficult nor very long. However, there is exposure on the sides of the summits ridge and good footwear, good attention and caution are necessary. The summit itself has major exposure on the east side;

In season, bugs are likely an obstacle to prepare for; there are two lakes to go by and a few wet/marshy area not far.The summit ridge is, of course, exposes to the run; you may want to carry sunscreen.

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Two Thumbs up! Nice hike, smooth constant grade on a well maintained trail. Beautiful lake with a great view of Diamond peak and nearby Mt Yoran. Did it as a loop by hiking in Yoran lake trail and skirting north side of the lake on a footpath that leads directly to PCT and returned that way. It adds something like 1.5 miles but provides a chance to see several more scenic lakes.
Buggy in the early season but great in September.

This is a great hike! A comfortable pace is 10-15 miles a day for me but I could do 20 if I was determined. Beautiful lakes and views 1/2 mile and 1/4 mile off trail are worth the extra distance. Consistent water access is a plus!

hiking
Tuesday, August 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.

I only do about 10 miles in and out on this section. Nice views with several small lakes, one after another. The Rosary Lakes. Farther up the trail is a couple more splits to other lakes? Look forward to doing some of these in the future. Bring your bug spray, skeeters were hungry this week!

This is a wonderful rustic campground with tent sites and comfy cabins. There is a lot of different things to do from fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding and disc golf. While it is called a resort, it offers a lodge with a restaurant, coffee bar and fireplace lounge - it also is a family run campground with a very private and rustic atmosphere. I hesitate to recommend this place, but to all of you that like the best of both worlds when you get away from it all, this is the place. Let's just be respectful and let it stay locked in time.

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
Sunday, August 09, 2015

We just did this hike for the second time and this time spent the night at Yoran lake. Once you arrive at the lake there are a number of crisscrossing trails wandering around the perimeter of the lake though they tend to become a lot less distinct over on the southwest side of the lake. We camped on a knoll at the north west end of the lake. There was a bit of a breeze and a little elevation above the lake to help keep the bugs down. They were not all that bad anyway but a few were a nuisance down at the waters edge. There was quite a bit of blown down dead fall along the trail in but nothing that would slow you down very much. The trail is rated as hard. Though it is an uphill pretty much all the way the incline is not especially steep at any point. I'd say it's more of a moderate hike.

paddle sports
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fantastic camp grounds! They have EVERYTHING! Horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming, camping, hiking, great food, cabins (for those to glamorous to have dirty feet), and more...

hiking
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

This is a difficult trail to make it up. Make sure your legs can handle going uphill for approximately 3 hours. The reward for the climb are some of the most beautiful views of diamond peak and of about 12 beautiful crystal clear secluded mountain lakes. The start of the hike across trapper creek is very nice and a good warm up. Not a whole lot to see until you get to the first un-named lake on the left, and then Karen lake, and just beyond that is beautiful Yoran Lake with 2 different islands. There is a loop you can make by hiking from Yoran lake to Lils lake and then the pacific crest trail down. This loop makes it about a 12 mile hike. The down hill portion of the hike was fairly easy on the PCT. But you will see multiple lakes on this trail. One big suggestion in july and august- bring lots of skeeter spray or better yet wear netting on arms and hat to protect yourself or you will get eaten alive.

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