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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.

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14 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!

backpacking
1 month 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!

hiking
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.

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2 months ago

Great hike little bit of snow left

backpacking
10 months ago

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

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11 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.

hiking
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.

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11 months ago

So close and epic!

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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..

hiking
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.

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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hiking
Tuesday, August 03, 2010

This is a difficult trail to make it up. Make sure your legs can handle going uphill for approximately 3 hours. The reward for the climb are some of the most beautiful views of diamond peak and of about 12 beautiful crystal clear secluded mountain lakes. The start of the hike across trapper creek is very nice and a good warm up. Not a whole lot to see until you get to the first un-named lake on the left, and then Karen lake, and just beyond that is beautiful Yoran Lake with 2 different islands. There is a loop you can make by hiking from Yoran lake to Lils lake and then the pacific crest trail down. This loop makes it about a 12 mile hike. The down hill portion of the hike was fairly easy on the PCT. But you will see multiple lakes on this trail. One big suggestion in july and august- bring lots of skeeter spray or better yet wear netting on arms and hat to protect yourself or you will get eaten alive.

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