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1 day 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!

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Great hike little bit of snow left

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.

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!

9 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!

9 months ago

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

10 months ago

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.

10 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!

10 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.

11 months ago

Easy 2.5 hour stroll round trip to some quaint lakes!

11 months ago

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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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...

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Lots of beautiful scenery on this loop, and just the right length for a 3- or 4-day backpacking trip. Warning, though,... the mosquitoes were insanely horrible on this weekend that I hiked (July 3, 2014). I suspect it's just too early in the season since snowmelt. I would suggest doing this trip later in the year, perhaps September or October once the first freeze has eliminated the bugs. I left a can of bug spray on a log just before Diamond View Lake for anyone that decides they want to attempt this right now. We camped the first night a bit away from the late campsites due to bugs, but they were still horrible.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Nice gently sloping hike through trees. Can be hot and dusty so bring extra water. Milage wrong on app. It's 4 miles in and 4 miles out from trail head at Crescent Lake parking lot.
Water is cool and refreshing for wading or swimming.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

This is an amazing loop with lots to offer in the way of views and isolated mountain lakes. Trailhead is well-marked right across from Shelter Cove resort, "Yoran Lake Trail." (The loop is actually 27 miles, not counting little side trails you can take to nearby lakes). I recommend going counter-clockwise heading towards Yoran Lake first and taking at least 3 nights/4 days to complete in order to explore thoroughly and see some of the quick side trails. I did it in 2 nights/3 days and wished that I had more time. The trail is confusing around Bonnie's Lake and Yoran Lake and we lost it a couple times, but fairly easy to get back on track. Bring bug repellent and wait until at least the first freeze if possible before setting out if possible. Several logs blocking trail at places, but nothing too difficult to get over. This was my first overnight backing adventure and I am hooked now! I can't wait to go back and see some of the stuff I missed like Marie Lake, Divide Lake, and actually climbing to the top to see views of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Hood.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Odell Lake is one of the blue giants of the Deschutes National Forest. Like its neighbor, Crescent Lake, Odell is popular for its large Mackinaw (lake trout) population. In fact it holds the state record of 40 pounds 8 ounces caught in 1984. A healthy Kokanee population is the main food source for mackinaw and although not heavily targeted by anglers rainbow trout can grow to over 20 inches.
Catching mackinaw traditionally requires boats with depth finders and down riggers. However early in the spring stripping large leach patterns in the shallows can be productive. Later in the season the fish move to deeper waters 80 to 160 feet. Trolling at these depths with quick fish and downriggers is the way to go.
Kokanee dont grow as large as they do at Crescent Lake but the daily limit is 25 per day so quantity does entice Kokanee anglers to troll and jig for them. In spring they can be found 10 to 30 feet deep but as the water temperature rises they will drop as low as 100 feet.

Rainbow trout can also be caught by trolling but fly fishing the edges of the lake with dry and wet can produce some pretty impressive fish up to 20 inches.
Be aware there is a small population of bull trout found here but are protected and must be released unharmed.

Two resort and several campgrounds service Odell Lake. Odell Lake Resort is located on the southeast corner and Shelter Cover resort is located on the northwest side. Both are open year round and offer guide service, restaurants, marinas and cabin rentals. The lake is open for fishing late April to October 31st.

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