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Waldo Lake Trail

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Trail Snapshot

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Length
20.4 miles
Elevation
1848'
Rating
Forecast
Trail bed is covered deep snow. Snow is unpacked and not rideable.

Trail Reports

  • Tom Quinlivan October 29, 2017 at 1:26 pmTried to ride on Saturday, 10/28 but the snow from 2 weeks ago made it a slog that I would not recommend - unless you like pushing your bike through snow.
  • Marty Dawson October 1, 2017 at 7:27 amRode CWise from Shadow Bay, 9/30. Lt rain early am, trail and eroded roots on west side were wet, slippery. No mud, rained on us for last half of trail, good firm conditions. One big tree down on west side.
  • Natalie Herse September 27, 2017 at 6:44 pmWe gave it a few days and today it was perfect. No mud, no snow. If there was ever a reason to play hookey from work or school tomorrow, come get it at Waldo before the weather turns. My stomach is bloated from all the huckleberry eating!
  • Marc Fortier September 25, 2017 at 9:43 amMuddy from snow melt on West side, probably best to give it a few days to dry out. Still non-stop huckleberries ! Deeper snow on North East, where elevation goes from 5400 to 5800
  • 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.
 

Trail Description

About an hour Southwest 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. Tom Quinlivan says:

    Tried to ride on Saturday, 10/28 but the snow from 2 weeks ago made it a slog that I would not recommend – unless you like pushing your bike through snow.

  2. Marty Dawson says:

    Rode CWise from Shadow Bay, 9/30. Lt rain early am, trail and eroded roots on west side were wet, slippery. No mud, rained on us for last half of trail, good firm conditions. One big tree down on west side.

  3. Marc Fortier says:

    Muddy from snow melt on West side, probably best to give it a few days to dry out. Still non-stop huckleberries ! Deeper snow on North East, where elevation goes from 5400 to 5800

    1. Natalie Herse says:

      We gave it a few days and today it was perfect. No mud, no snow. If there was ever a reason to play hookey from work or school tomorrow, come get it at Waldo before the weather turns. My stomach is bloated from all the huckleberry eating!

  4. Erik Santner says:

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Joe Myers says:

    Trail now clear per USFS report.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Brent Edens says:

    Is one direction preferred over the other for this loop?

  15. Joe Myers says:

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

  16. Karen Meronek says:

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

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