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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 Stag Lake and scrambled up Lakeview Mountain on a mid-August day. There were still enough mosquitoes around to make it risky to forego repellent. Sunscreen also comes in handy as sections of the hike (and the time near the top) will offer little protection to bare skin. Other than the last section (cross-country and scramble up to the summit), the trail is well maintained and easy to follow.

This particular route can be adapted to your skills, stamina and time available to discover the area: an out-and-back to Fawn lake (see "Fawn Lake Loop Trail"), and out-and-back to Stag lake ("Stag Lake Trail"), or maybe a loop to Fawn and returning via Pretty lake.

The the route starts at the Fawn Lake Trailhead, at a very large parking area (shared with boat trailers) near Simax Bay.
The first section, between the trailhead and Fawn lake, starts with a mostly flat mile across dry and dirty pinelands. A short distance from the 1 mile mark, the trail up to pretty lake branches off on the left. This is also where the trail starts ascending more noticeably (for another mile or so) while going through the shade of firs and hemlocks. At the 2 miles mark, the trail levels off for a while as it crosses another dry patch (more pines and exposure to the rays of the sun); past this point, it starts its climb to reach Fawn Lake at 3.5 miles. Fawn lake is obviously a good place for a break and picture opportunities. There are a good number of spots with good/easy access to the shore; this is also where you are likely to find campers. As you start the next leg of the journey (to Stag lake) there are more spots if you drop down a bit from the lake to the lakeshore.

The second section of the hike, from Fawn Lake to Stag Lake (less than 1.5 miles) ascends some more, following a bluff on the north side of Fawn lake (with some views). A mile after leaving Fawn Lake, you reach the turnoff to Stag lake (dropping down on the right) while the trail you have been following continues on to Saddle Lake and beyond.The last .5 miles are a shallow roller-coaster eventually raising to the shores of Stag Lake; you can briefly visit the lake before pushing on to the cross-country and scramble section that will require more efforts that you have expened so far. To get to the next section you will leave Stag Lake and retrace your steps to just below the southwest corner of the lake in a flat, dry (in summer) and open drainage.

The last section is entirely off trail and will require (1) some cross-country navigation skills (2) a first scramble up a steep slope to the ridge connecting Laveview Mth to the summit to the south (3) a final scramble from the ridge to the summit of Lakeview Mountain. A compass helps on the cross-country to the foot of the connecting ridge (250 bearing) but you can probably negotiate this section by looking at Lakeview's summit (keep it on your right) or the summit at the south end of the ridge (keep it on your left). This is a drainage area and you don't want to stray too far left or right of the gully at its bottom. On the way up, I ended up around the south half of the ridgeline and the slope was rocky and forested; on the way down I descended from the north half of the ridgeling and terraing was much more open, making it easier to map a route -- the can was the a loose and sandy talus which might be of the two-steps-up/one-step-down variety when going up.

Once on the ridge, Lakeview Mtn is in plain sight and the route is fairly obvious. There is some scree/loose rocks but, compared to the scramble up to the ridgeline, it seemed noticeable easier to negotiate. That last climb is also relatively short... and your destination (plus great views) is now within reach!
Note: I did not enjoy much of the views because of the (now too familiar) summer fires's haze.

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.

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!

trail running
1 month 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!

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.

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!

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).

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!

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

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!

So close and epic!

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.

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Easy 2.5 hour stroll round trip to some quaint lakes!

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..

backpacking
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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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 :-)

hiking
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.

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.

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