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on Senoj Lake Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail. It is rather dusty this time of year which is to be expected. Very easy trail with gradual elevation gain. The lakes were beautiful even with a bit of smoke that had drifted n from the north. The mountain huckleberry was a beautiful rich red and there were other bright yellow scrubs that provided definition.

I gave more details in the track I uploaded for this trail.

Some highlights: you don't have to walk the 18.5 miles loop to take in the most impressive sights/views.
You can opt for doing just the Tam McArthur Rim trail (about 5.5 miles round trip) -- see details fro that trail elsewhere on the app/site
You can extend the previous option to go to the foot of Broken Hand and back (about 10 miles round trip). Only reason to stop there and not go toe the foot of Broken top (where the most stunning views are) would be the difficult last mile or so (faint trail, scrambling, some moderate exposure on steep and slippery slope). Out-and-back to Broken top would make it about 13 miles.
Last, you can start from the Broken Top Crater trailhead or (if you don't have good enough clearance on your vehicle) or a point closer to the Cascade Lakes hwy / 46). See "Broken Top trail to No Name Lake and Bend Glacier" or "rater Ditch Trail to No Name Lake, Bend Glacier, Broken Hand and Broken Top"

The combination of sweeping panorama (north and south) of the Cascades range, the upclose/front-seat view of the East side of Broken Top, the amazing color of No Name Lake and a well graded trail in good condition (except between Broken Hand and the Bend Glacier saddle) make this one of my absolute favorites in the area....and I am not the only one as the fairly high traffic trail proves.

The 7 miles on dirt-roads do not offer much, except the opportunity to inhale dirt and dust as vehicles cross path with you... but also to dip your aching feet in Tumalo creek. I use this porting mostly as a training opportunity for longer hikes and backpacking trips.

moderate hike, lots of tracks around the lake.

hiking
6 months ago

Both North and South Twin Lakes have paths around them. Elevation change is mild, making this a fairly easy trail. There is a resort with rustic cabins, a store, supplies and a restaurant. Activities at the lakes include hiking, boat rentals, swimming and fishing. I have been to the lakes many times, but maybe this was the first time I walked around both lakes in one hike. The distance is very manageable, and the scenery is varied and beautiful. The trail connecting the two lakes is more like a dirt road and isn't marked well, so watch your gps.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail that is lightly used even during peak times. Lots of mosquitos though

hiking
6 months ago

Cougar Woods Loop is a relatively short loop that shows off the scenery in La Pine State Park. I have hiked this trail a few times over the years, but this was the first time with GPS. The trail has apparently changed since it was originally mapped by Open Street Maps, but the route is relatively close in most sections. My route matches the official park trail map on site very closely. Watch for side paths along the river to take in more scenery and add to the distance slightly. All the trails in La Pine State Park are connected, and a longer hike can be experienced by chaining together some of the loops. For a state park, the trails are not usually crazy crowded. There are a campground and day use area in the park as well.

hiking
7 months ago

I wouldn't call this trail hard. Not more than moderate, possibly easy. Mom and I had a great time hiking all the way to Senoj, stopping for significant photo opps at both Doris Lake and Blow Lake. There was hardly anyone else there when we went. It's hard to turn around and go back when you know there is even more awesome wilderness scenery to see farther along the trail. Apparently we went early enough in June to avoid the mosquitoes.

backpacking
Friday, July 21, 2017

We stopped a Dorris lake for a couple of nights in mid July. The hike was very easy. LOTS of mosquitos. We used lots of deet and mosquito head nets, still got bit. Lake has a few views, I found best from hiking to South end of lake or swimming to middle. Lake was perfect temp. I saw a few fish jumping too far to reach with my setup. Wish I had a float tube. Lake had a shallow rocky/sandy long shelf all around lake. A couple of really good campsites on back side of lake, trail is a bit difficult to follow around lake, but well worth extra privacy. Bring lots of deet, head nets, and bite cream! We hid in tent in the morning and evenings.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Great easy day hike. Pristine lakes.

hiking
Monday, August 24, 2015

Great backpacking trip. 6 miles from the Lucky Lake trailhead and a great lake with a view of the South Sister.

hiking
Monday, August 24, 2015

This trail goes between the Winnopee Lake trail and the PCT passing the snowshoe lakes. The lower Snoeshoe lake is particularly lovely.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

We hiked the 6 mile section from The Twins trailhead north east to Charlton Lake. Quite a bit of elevation gain and loss until you end up at the lake, but there are some beautiful campsites right on the lake. The mosquitoes were almost no issue but the bees were quite active.

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backpacking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

on Senoj Lake Trail

Tuesday, August 18, 2015