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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.

11 days ago

I really enjoyed this hike! It’s a pretty gentile decent while you follow the PCT passed all three alpine lakes. After that it turns steeper as you get off the PCT and head for the ski lift. The ski lift is not operational so you can either do it as an out and back (11.8mi) or head down the black diamond under the lift. I chose the latter and scrambled and slid down the hill that is covered in scrub brush. I would mark this trail as more moderate to hard. Especially since the lift isn’t running to bring you to the top so you can just walk down hill the entire time. It’s roughly 8 miles of you choose to head down under the ski lift! Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists!

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14 days ago

This was a decent hike. It wasn’t anything too special just your average walk in the woods then emerging on the shore of an alpine lake. The lake was clear and shallow and my dog had a good swim. The map is accurate and it isn’t too hard of a hike. I was able to play with the dog, eat lunch, and read in my hammock while gettin this hike done is roughly five hours.

1st let me start by saying this is truly an Oregon gem, right on the PCT too. I think this trail needs an update though. As of 7/17/18 the gondola is out of service. Secondly, this trail is NOT easy. Maybe you could rate that to the first lake, but if you go further to the end of the red trail path. It gains quite a bit of altitude and is basically following diamond ski runs up the mountain. It also states that after the 3 lakes at the junction with the PCT, that this is the highest it gets. Not so, this is where the trek gets the toughest and I would rate it as moderate; in comparison with other hikes of equal difficulty found on this app. If you have kids, don't go past the 3rd lake. If you are in shape and in the mood, go for it! The view at the top chair lift is incredible, with views of Diamond peak and Odell below. Just be ready for a decent 11.7 mile round trip. Great trek!

29 days 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.

Very nice hike that you can start from the PCT trail head off of route 58. About 3.5 miles through the forest to a pretty lake. Bring bug spray!

You can’t miss the large parking lot at the Trailhead. Fairly steady incline, though not strenuous. The trail is a mixture of old- growth and old burn area. The trail divides shortly after a mile. I’m not sure how anyone could get lost, as the signs are clearly marked. We were the only ones on the trail, and Fawn Lake proved to be a peaceful place to enjoy lunch pre- Fourth of July!

2 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.

2 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).

Beautiful place. Took out horses up on this trail. HOWEVER.. BE WARE!!
The map on this ap is EXTREMELY inaccurate. This trail is NOT a loop at all and after about 10 miles connects to the Pacific Crest trail, or to head appoximaly an additional 7 miles to White fish Trail Head. Which we learned is the horse camp. Because of the innacuracy of the map on this so we were left with only spotty cell svc, to treck the last 5 miles in pitch black 36 degree temps with light rain/ snow. Luckily we were on good horses that were willing to do this, and that 911 was able to ping our location to the sherrifs dept. BE WARE that if you get stuck .. you may end up stayinbg the night out there because the sherriff.. a d search and rescue is based so far away. White Fish Trail Head, which is the connecting trail to "Fawn Loop " comes out 7 miles from the main road of the parking area for the trail head for "Fawn Loop".. If we would have been on less experienced horses or not have been able to connect to 911 this could have been very bad! This map needs to be updated with as mention that "Fawn Loop " is not a loop at all!

10 months ago

Day hiked to Maiden Lake from Rosary Lakes. Took about 2 hours. Snow on trail 3" or so - so slowed us a bit. Lake is gorgeous!

10 months ago

Nice fall hike to 3 quaint lakes. A bit of snow on trail but melting fast!

11 months ago

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!

11 months ago

So close and epic!

11 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.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Easy 2.5 hour stroll round trip to some quaint lakes!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Nice quick hike with a beautiful payoff.
Only went to the 1st lake, but was amazing. Kids loved it, and even swam in lake before our hike back..

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Great backpacking trip. Spent three nights at Fawn Lake. The trail in has a slight incline but not too difficult. We camped on the west side of the lake. Lots of good spots about 150 yards off the main trail.

Looped out past Pretty Lake this morning. A bit of snow across parts of the trail.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Beautiful spot surrounded by a few small peaks. Well maintained trail. I went in a little early this year as large sections of trail were covered with snow. Would definitely go again.

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.

Monday, July 18, 2016

long way up.... don't listen to the signs they are off by a few miles. Great hike and beautiful scenery.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

My wife and I hiked to Fawn Lake, returning by way of Pretty Lake, making it a bit over 8 miles total, parking at the trailhead near the boat ramps off NFD 60.

We came prepared, with ample water for the 5 hours it took us (stopping at Fawn Lake for a while of course) and an impressive array of insect assault countermeasures. Both the water and the repellents saved our life, or at least the half-day we spent hiking.

The trail was bone dry all the way and the aforementioned bugs of all stripes clearly knew we were coming; we finished the day fully hydrated and without a single noticeable bite. Would fully recommend the same prep to anyone planning a July outing to Fawn lake.

The (Fawn) lake IS beautiful and I could have given 4 stars if it wasn't for the few 'downsides': parched landscape, bugs, quite a few blowdowns on the Pretty Lake section, 'not enough' views (subjective) considering the surroundings,
Pretty Lake trail a bit eroded by winter and spring precipitations.

Pretty Lake is less 'postcard' material (typical 'lake in the woods') but I would recommend doing the loop anyway for a bit more variety.

I may go back to Fawn Lake, but it would be either earlier (April/May) or a few months later. Nevertheless, if you are interested in hiking up there, do it! It may not be Yosemite or Yellowstone but it sure is pretty enough :-)

Monday, August 24, 2015

I did this in June and there were quite a lot of mosquitoes. I was prepared with long sleeves, long pants, and a head net, so it wasn't too bad. The Diamond Peak area itself is quite good, though I'm hesitant to recommend the whole loop. The PCT side is very scenic as it's up at the treeline. The western side is forested for 12 plus miles between the Divide Lake trail and the Rockpile trail. I think doing the loop that stays completely on the eastern side (Yoran lake trail > PCT > Marie Lake > Diamond View Lake) would be nicer. The 3 stars are for the loop, not for the Diamond peak area, which is quite lovely.

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.

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.

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