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.