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We back packed this in two days, but beware it was pretty tough. Badger lake was pretty full of campers by the time we got there, most with unsocialized dogs. At least there were no bears!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a nice hike for beginners like myself. Easy to find and follow. There are a few spots that need some maintenance and one bridge is a little broken but it’s still very cool and beautiful. No openings for views but getting to Oval Lake is worth it. Just know that it starts steep, “flattens” out a little bit then ends with some more steep. Awesome hike, do it if you have the chance.

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2 months ago

This was my first backpacking trip. I’m pretty conditioned so not too bad, but my hiking partner suffered as we hiked the entire trail to the lake on day one. If split up over three days, would be an enjoyable backpacking trip. No scenic views as a reward, just lots of forest cover and lovely water sounds. Ample water sources if you have fire/filter. I would just say that the start of this trail is not accurate based on the GPS map coordinates - see the website of the Oregon forest service to find he correct coordinates - adds about 2 miles each way.

hiking
2 months ago

We saw twelve species of conifer: Douglas-fir, juniper, western larch, and Engelmann spruce; mountain hemlocks; western white, lodgepole, and ponderosa pines; and grand, silver, noble, and subalpine firs. Some of the ponderosas got to 5' in diameter. Along the way we saw three distinct habitats: an eastern edge forest of ponderosas, junipers, and white oaks; an eastside pine/grand/doug fir mix; and a mid-altitude eastern mix of silver fir, larch, and spruce, with a few mountain hemlocks and subalpine & noble firs sprinkled in. There was a good variety of flowers, though not quite peak: balsam root, lupine and larkspur were abundant and pervasive. There were a few Pacific dogwoods and bitter cherries in glorious bloom. Parsley, trillium, glacier lily, lowly penstemon, star flower, nootka rose, honeysuckle, Indian paintbrush, vanilla leaf, blue anemone, yarrow, wild strawberries. and a few I didn't recognize were also flowering.

The steepness at the end was hard on such a sandy trail with rocks in it - had to descend slowly on tired legs. Maintenance was in progress, but there were a dozen single logs to straddle along the way and a couple of serious tangles to get past. There were three spots where the trail was challenging to follow and seemed to fade out, but it only slowed us down a couple of minutes.

We had the trail all to ourselves: we saw only three other hikers - backpackers, actually - all day. We saw some poop - horse, deer, elk, and coyote. There were a couple of sagebrush lizards and a ruffed grouse we saw along the trail. On the drive back to Dufur there were three deer, and a skunk running along the road. We heard an olive-sided flycatcher, chickadees, nuthatches, ravens, and juncos. There were just a couple of tiny patches of snow to remind us that it's still early Spring at those altitudes. The views at Flag Point of Mts. Hood, Adams, Jefferson, and Three Sisters were tremendous!

hiking
3 months ago

Completed this hike in early June 2017. FANTASTIC Hike and over the course of 5 days, we saw only 3 people. Beautiful rugged area and we had the entire lake to ourself. We caught several trout which we released for future hikers to enjoy Very windy the first day and night but only added to the excitement. Love this place and it exceeded all expectations!

on School Canyon Trail

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8 months ago

We arrived in the late afternoon (2pm) and had the trail to ourselves. Unfortunately we only did the first half, but enjoyed every minute of it. The trail is very open, allowing us to walk in the warm autumn sunshine. From the first saddle there is a beautiful view... you are pretty much walking the entire trail with a good view. Next time we hope to do the whole trail.

backpacking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Did not make it all the way to the lake, but camped about 7 miles in. Many great creekside camp spots perfect for backpacking with easy access to water. Saw a rattlesnake approx 3 miles up the trail and many butterflies.

backpacking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This hike was challenging: very, very steep in the few two miles, but then mellows out into a few miles of forest and meadows. It does get steep again near the end, in the mile just before Flag Point Road. Hikers are rewarded with views of The Sisters and Jefferson to the south during the first part of the hike, as well as expansive territorial views of the Friend area of central Oregon. About a third of the way up, there's an up-close-and-personal view of Hood but its base is obscured by the mountain that the trail itself continues to climb. Get the best views of Hood by continuing onto the Divide Trail at the top.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Beautiful. Links to badger creek trail for a longer loop.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

About .8 miles in is the steepest jaunt, just above the oak grove, but completely worth pushing through to see the dramatic forest change as you round the side of the hill. The change is intense and immediately noticeable in the vegetation; totally needed out on this one

on Fret Creek Trail

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

This was a great little hike. It is a pretty quick incline in a short distance and still had some large melting snow patches to go through. There was also A LOT of blowdown to climb over or go around. Very nice hiking along the creek and then getting to the beautiful lake was great. There are a couple places to camp around the lake. I would recommend this as a start point and then when you hit Divide trail take a right and head towards Lookout Point.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nice little jaunt. Nice little creek as we'll. Came across no other hikers. Kind of a departure from other trails near Mt. Hood.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

We hiked to Camp #4 from the book, One Night Wilderness: Portland, by Douglas Lorain. It was warm and dry and we saw a ton of butterflies, 3 Mule deer, and had great access to the water for the kids to play.

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