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

18 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!

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!

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!

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.

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).

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

So close and epic!

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..

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.

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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...

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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