Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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.

hiking
8 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.

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
9 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.

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.

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...

fishing
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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backpacking
10 months ago

hiking
Monday, July 13, 2015