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Waldo Lake Trail

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
20.4 miles
Elevation
1848'
Rating
Forecast
Trail is riding well right now and there are no reports of mud, deadfall, or snow.

Trail Reports

  • Erik Santner September 16, 2017 at 7:54 pmConditions were good today! Slightly hazy...air quality was good. Lots of blueberries on west side! Snow will fly soon....
  • Clark Ritchie August 27, 2017 at 4:38 pmNo mosquitoes to speak of! Rode the loop CW from Islet today, departed at 08:15, returned at 11:45. Really good conditions today.
  • Erik Santner August 9, 2017 at 6:09 pmTrail is in great condition! Rode counter clockwise from Shadow Bay. Left about 10am-returned 1:30pm....no mosquitoes to speak of!! Did lather up before I left. Minimal smoke.
  • Joe Myers July 26, 2017 at 7:21 amTrail in good shape. Some mud in boggy areas on SW end of lake which is not abnormal. A very small tree down you can ride over on West side of lake. A large 20" tree on east side of lake along a fast descent of heading south so be wary. Mosquitoes annoying if stopped but I didn't find them too bad.
  • Joe Myers July 13, 2017 at 6:54 pmTrail now clear per USFS report.
  • Steve Brown July 10, 2017 at 5:52 pmRode CCW today from north trailhead. Skeeters not a problem if you keep moving but I did spray liberally before the ride. Lots of deadfall on west side but stopped to clear what we could. Lake is perfect temp for post ride cool down.
  • D K July 10, 2017 at 5:09 pmRode this on saturday (08July). Snow was pretty much gone, few patches but nothing you cant ride over. LOTS of downed trees especially on the northish sides... and... LOTS of hungry mosquitos fun trail
 

Trail Description

About an hour east of Bend, the Waldo Lake trail is an epic 20 mile loop in the Willamette National Forest.

Sitting at 5400′ the trail is covered with snow late into the season. With summer comes hoards of mosquitoes — so early fall when it drys out and cools off is prime riding season at Waldo.

Waldo Lake is Oregon’s second largest, covering more than 10 square miles. One of the clearest and purest lakes in the world, you can see to depths of over 100 feet on a calm day. Water enters the lake from snow melt and subsurface flows so there is very little soil erosion entering the lake — resulting in its deep indigo color.

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Trail Reports » Waldo Lake

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  1. Erik Santner says:

    Conditions were good today! Slightly hazy…air quality was good. Lots of blueberries on west side! Snow will fly soon….

  2. Clark Ritchie says:

    No mosquitoes to speak of! Rode the loop CW from Islet today, departed at 08:15, returned at 11:45. Really good conditions today.

  3. Erik Santner says:

    Trail is in great condition! Rode counter clockwise from Shadow Bay. Left about 10am-returned 1:30pm….no mosquitoes to speak of!! Did lather up before I left. Minimal smoke.

  4. Joe Myers says:

    Trail in good shape. Some mud in boggy areas on SW end of lake which is not abnormal. A very small tree down you can ride over on West side of lake. A large 20″ tree on east side of lake along a fast descent of heading south so be wary. Mosquitoes annoying if stopped but I didn’t find them too bad.

  5. Joe Myers says:

    Trail now clear per USFS report.

  6. Steve Brown says:

    Rode CCW today from north trailhead. Skeeters not a problem if you keep moving but I did spray liberally before the ride. Lots of deadfall on west side but stopped to clear what we could. Lake is perfect temp for post ride cool down.

  7. D K says:

    Rode this on saturday (08July). Snow was pretty much gone, few patches but nothing you cant ride over.

    LOTS of downed trees especially on the northish sides… and…

    LOTS of hungry mosquitos

    fun trail

  8. Dustin Balderach says:

    Rode on October 8 (Saturday). A touch muddy with a few puddles but the trail is riding great overall. Lots of hikers about and a few other bikers. No blow downs yet! Great ride!

  9. Erik Santner says:

    Rode clockwise from Islet. Mild skeeters on the east side, had to lather up at shelter(south)…no issues on west. Trial is in great condition…this is the earliest I have ever ridden it! Lots of blueberries on south and west sides as well!! Came in on NF4290…took care of all the rattles on/in my van.

  10. David Caplan says:

    It rides well in either direction. The west side of the lake is more scenic and a little harder. We usually ride counter-clockwise from the north end and add on the Twins instead of riding the east side of the loop. As long as the skeeters aren’t too bad, you can’t go wrong.

  11. Brent Edens says:

    Is one direction preferred over the other for this loop?

  12. Joe Myers says:

    Word has it the trail is almost entirely clear. May be a couple trees down but that’s it.

  13. Karen Meronek says:

    Bring bug spray! There are some downfalls, hike a bike, but not too bad.

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