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Tamolitch Pool Trail

Cascadia, OR

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This short portion of the McKentrail takes you to the beautiful turquoise Tamolitch Pool, also known as Blue Pool. Beginning of this easy hike is through old growth Douglas fir forest. As the McKenzie river falls away you walk along the cliff. Eventually you come upon an old lava flow.

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Green Lakes Trail #17
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Amazing spot- great scenery and lakes are pristine. Tough going in after a long night in downtown Bend but a quick hike out.

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Broken Top Loop Trail
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13 Completed 10 Reviews

This was my first backpacking experience. We started just north of Three Creek Lake at the Park Meadows trail head. The first 4-5 miles are fairly level as you walk through the remains of a forest fire from 2012. Very surreal. You can get glimpses through the burned out trees of the Three Sisters which you wouldn't get if the trees were alive. 8-9 miles in made it to our first stop for the night, Green Lakes campground. On the way we did a 1 mile side trip to Golden Lake which was very beautiful. Green lakes is pretty too as it sits right below South Sister. Unfortunately the mosquitoes were very aggressive here.
Day two led us south on the western side of the mountain and then we turned east between Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor. After 4-5 miles we had a decision to make; either continue east/south east and loop around Ball Butte or cut north through a gap in the hills towards the mountain and shave off 5-6 miles. We decided on the latter and I'm glad we did. You go up and down several ridges and find yourself in the bowels of the mountain. There are several snow fields to cross. At the top of one ridge you can bear left and go up to see the glacier lake and a nice view from the rim. After that we made our way back down and skirted Broken Hand to the south and east. I guess there is a trail high up on Broken Hand but instead of climbing we went more to the east and around multiple ridges making our own trail. We tried cutting north as much as possible to catch the Tam McCarther trail but were unable to find it before the sun started to set. Made camp in a stand of trees and melted snow for water since there were no creeks in this area at all. Awesome rise and setting of the super moon this weekend. Sunday we started out again looking for the trail and found it only about a quarter mile away...so close. Glad we didn't try to make it down the night before. The decent was about another four miles and parts were very steep. Overall we did roughly 24 miles in 45 hours-start to finish.

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Tam McArthur Rim
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103 Completed 57 Reviews

awesome hike. if you have fair skin(like me) you may want to be bring sin screen. there's not a lot of shade.
the trail is easy to follow.

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Matthieu Lakes
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

This relatively easy loop includes stops at both North and South Mattieu Lake. There are also views of the central Cascade volcanoes, including Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington, Belknap Crater, and the northern Three Sisters. The lakes were bright blue, wildflowers were out, and the trail was in great shape.
Highly recommended if you are in the area.
Photos from the trip can be found at my website: http://ianfaulds.com/shots-and-stories/the-oregon-whirlwind

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Black Crater Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

We did Black Crater on a beautiful late July day as part of a weekend trip to the Redmond area. The trail has superb views of line of central Cascade volcanoes, from Mount Hoot to the Three Sisters. Many old lava flows are clearly visible in the valley below, and Smith Rock, Bend, and Redmond are all seen to the East. While the trail is just over 7.5 miles long it feels longer due to the incline. We hike every weekend around the Seattle area so we had no real problems, other than cramped toes during the later half of the decent.
Overall a great trail in excellent condition well work a visit. Photos from the trip can be found on my blog at www.ianfaulds.com

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Mckenzie Lava Flow And George Lake Trail
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64 Completed 39 Reviews

This was a burning hike, due to the reflection of the summer sun on the lava rock. It was a virtual sana with very little shade as the rocks retained the heat. Bring plenty of water and plenty of space on your camera because while you swelter, you will fall in love with the amazing views of the 3 Sisiters in the distance. I really enjoyed areas of life, or small islands of trees on the lava field. I am always so impressed with lava flows... This area was beautiful seeing how the flows took over parts of a forest yet spared others...

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Tam McArthur Rim
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Amazing hike! Strenuous for someone like me but very much worth the sore legs I'll have tomorrow.

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Green Lakes Trail #17
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8 Completed 6 Reviews

Hiked the 4.2 to the amazing lake. Really nice hike. Almost all up hill, but the grade is easy. We ran most of the way back to the car. Great stream runs along side of the trail almost the entire length. Some shade some sun.

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Suttle Lake Loop
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49 Completed 27 Reviews

Nice mellow trail around the lake. It is multi use so there were lots of mountain bikes and it runs through four campgrounds. Also one portion is close to the road so car noise gets loud there. Otherwise it's nice.

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Suttle Lake Loop
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87 Completed 87 Reviews

Nice flat trail that hugs the beautiful Suttle Lake. We encountered NO ONE today, but it's a Thursday. A few boats on the lake, a few campers but the trail was ours. The hike around the lake is really only about 3.5 miles, not 6.

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