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This trail is a great hike with stunning fall colors as it loops around a gorgeous blue lake!


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5.1

Miles

8.3

KM

Loop

3,082' 939 m

High

3,022' 921 m

Low

324' 99 m

Up

319' 97 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Spring

Family Friendly A trail with primarily flat and wide tread with plenty of access to the water.

Non-motorized boats only on the lake.

Overview

This loop hike is a great option during the fall when the leaves are changing.

Description

You can hike this trail in either direction. The elevation gain/loss is minimal, and the tread is well compacted and fairly wide. The trailhead starts at Clear Lake Resort just off OR 126. The west side is forested and shady. The east side is more open with vine maples and black lava. Some portions of this east side are paved with asphalt, and there are benches located at vistas along the whole loop. There are also some massive old-growth Douglas firs. This trail is absolutely fabulous in the fall when the vine maples glow against the black rock and blue lake. This trail is shared with mountain bikes so keep your eyes peeled.

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Shared By:

Marlys Underwood

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Stars over Clear Lake
Jul 3, 2018 near McKenzi…, OR
Above Clear Lake
Oct 11, 2018 near McKenzi…, OR
Flying above Clear Lake.
Oct 11, 2018 near McKenzi…, OR
Clear Lake colors.
Oct 5, 2017 near McKenzi…, OR
The beautiful blue waters of Clear Lake.
Oct 5, 2017 near McKenzi…, OR
First of many bridge crossings.
Oct 5, 2017 near McKenzi…, OR

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Mar 23, 2021
Hayley Riggins
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Jun 15, 2019
Joel Martin
Josiah did the whole thing. Joanna half. No bugs. Beautiful hike. 5.1mi
Sep 19, 2018
Noah Beumer
11mi
Apr 28, 2018
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