Waldo Lake Trail

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Trail Snapshot

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

Trail Reports

  • Dustin Balderach October 10, 2016 at 8:42 amRode 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!
  • Erik Santner August 17, 2016 at 7:59 amRode 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.
  • David Caplan July 29, 2016 at 10:47 amIt 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.
  • Brent Edens July 29, 2016 at 8:23 amIs one direction preferred over the other for this loop?
  • Joe Myers July 24, 2016 at 12:16 pmWord has it the trail is almost entirely clear. May be a couple trees down but that's it.
  • Karen Meronek July 17, 2016 at 5:58 pmBring bug spray! There are some downfalls, hike a bike, but not too bad.
 

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 come hoards of mosquitoes — so early fall when it drys out and cools off is prime riding season at Waldo.

The 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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Brent Edens says:

    Is one direction preferred over the other for this loop?

  5. Joe Myers says:

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

  6. Karen Meronek says:

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

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