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

No bugs. Lots of Cougar scat.
Beautiful day, had the trail to myself.

Has all the different types of terrain to see in the area; forest, swamp, desert with lava rock, ect. Absolutely beautiful!

Would like to hike this whole trail. It’s a serine lake with a variety of vegetation. Peaceful and enjoyable.

3 months ago

Beautiful views, and amazing geology with very little effort, but it's also not a one-mile-and-done tourist trail. Even on a weekend day in midsummer, I had it all to myself, and there were only a few other folks at the springs.

Firstly, this map is not accurate. The hike has you ending at a campground, on the other side of the road from the lake. The hot springs are right along the lake side. You can park .1 mike from the hot springs at Hot Springs Boat Ramp. Secondly, the walk along the trail from the other boat ramp/campground was silly. If you want the walk then walk along the lake shore.

3 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.

Meh.. it’s pretty and the water is beautiful but the bugs were OUT OF CONTROL! So many nats and mosquitos. The “hot springs” are saying it nicely... they’re shallow but do provide a lot of heat.

Fun trail with great views of the lake. Definitely recommend starting early and wearing solid hiking shoes as some of the terrain can get a bit sketchy. Otherwise very easy for pros, maybe a little challenging for novices. Took about 3 hours.

While not much elevation gain/loss, there is varied terrain throughout this hike. Dirt, rock, gravel, sand; need to watch your footing as it's easy to trip. The views around the lake are gorgeous. I recommend starting your hike about 10 - 11 am, hike to the hot springs on the edge of the lake (about halfway around and marked), each lunch and relax, then finish.

I've hiked quite a few trails around Central Oregon and really enjoyed this one. Would do again.

3 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.

The lake was pretty, but it was congested with campers. The views of the lake were the same the whole trail.

Cool hike but the view was the same throughout it.

great hike! Hiked at night with headlamps with a few other friends. if you know the trail well enough, you can find the natural hot springs! very cool.

lots of mosquitos A LOT. bring bug spray. plus side is we had the whole trail to ourselves aswell as the lake. bears are there btw we had one walk into our campsite at 2 am. friendly and left once it noticed us

Easy loop trail around the lake. Views are spectacular. Water on the far side of the lake is emerald green. Could sit and look at Paulina peak for a long time. Weather cooperated in a beautiful 65 degree cloudless way. Saw a soaring bald eagle and several osprey.

5 months ago

Stopped in with kiddos over the weekend for a quick walk. Saw cougar track and scat in the middle of the trail! Back to the car we went!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Parked near the camp grounds and walked the little crater trail then on to the "hot springs". Nice view of the large obsidian flow south of the lake from the little crater trail. Continued on along the lake trail to the "hot springs" past a cool pumice and obsidian flow. A couple of wet marshy areas along the way had some bugs but not too bad. The "hot springs" were really one or two holes dug into the grassy shoreline, and not what we were expecting. Great views, beautiful lake, and a very easy trail at least on the east side. Would have done the entire lake lol but the kids were burnt out for our previous days trips.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Crappy trail. Lots of dead and down blocking the trail towards the end, we couldn't even get to one of the signs. A trail has been blazed around the tree, but there was human feces in the middle of the trail. Lots of mosquitos. For an "interpretive trail", there really wasn't much to be learned. We learned more from the nearby gravesite sign than this trail. Disappointed.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Great for swimming, fishing and extremely shallow hot springs.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Good hike with varied terrain; water along the way at campground-spotted a snake along the trail.

Just follow along the shore if you're trying to reach the springs, you will have to scale some rocks and it can get dicey if you're trying to reach the main hot pool. There are smaller pools that are about half way along the shore from the boat ramp, but they were a little murky. There is also a strong sulfur smell!

Monday, July 24, 2017

This is the most beautiful and peaceful lake! While there isn't a lot of elevation gain on the loop, it's still 7.5 miles so wouldn't be easy for everyone. The hot springs are down a marked spur trail a little more than a mile after Little Crater Campground if hiking the loop counter clockwise and they were HOT when we were there. The little bar at the lake resort is a fun post-hike stop!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

There is a section of trail with sharp lava & obsidian flow. Could be hard on a dog's feet! Beautiful hike all the way around...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Just beautiful! I do agree with the rating, as parts of the trail weren't easy. The views of the lake are stunning. We took our dog and he did a great job! It was a bit challenging on some of the narrow parts of the trail, and we were lucky to have the trail to ourselves

This is a pretty lousy hike. The trail you are taking is actually the Newberry Crater Trail. Referring to this as "East Lake Hot Springs" is confusing, because there's actually no signage anywhere using that name. And the trail doesn't have anything to do with the springs, either; it takes you near the hot springs, but doesn't go to them. If that's what you're looking for, it will be a shorter hike and you'll need to divert off the path. The first portion of the hike is through nice forest area, then travels past an obsidian flow and into what we were told was an abandoned campground. From there, you're just following along under powerlines the rest of the way. No views to speak of, unless you scramble up the hill to the top of the obsidian flows which provides a nice view of East Lake. Not worth it, though, when there are so many better hikes in the area.

Monday, August 22, 2016

This was an awesome hike! Very beautiful and much variety in terrain. You go through forests, obsidian flow, boulders and a short part through a campground! But I think the rating of "easy" is misleading. Walking through the obsidian flow and over the boulders while on the side of a mountain adds a challenge.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Good loop. Kinda weird walking through a parking lot during the loop though.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Ok trail. Mosquitos!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

This trail is awesome!! I didn't do the whole thing but made it to the hot springs. We turned into little crater campground and kept right. If you drive through the campground there is a day use parking lot at the end. The trail is pretty mellow. We went mid June and there were quite a few muddy spots so wear appropriate shoes. The views of newberry were amazing the whole time. About 2 miles in, once you get into the more forresty area, there is an unmarked trail to the left. This steel trail leads down to the hotsprings directly on the lake. They were somewhat shallow. I was told to bring a shovel. We did, but didn't end up using it. The pools vary in heat, some of which were almost unbearable to sit in. If you do bring a shovel, you can scoop cold water from the lake into it to bring it to a desired temperature. Very pretty and worth the hike!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A beautiful hike that felt longer than 7.5 miles! It takes you through lava & obsidian flow that can cut up a dog's feet, if they aren't wearing boots.

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