Marvel at Fall Colors While Circumambulating Clear Lake

Discover Clear Lake, The Source of the McKenzie River

Easy, 5.5 mile loop, 200 ft elevation gain, Kids welcome with parent

Clear Lake is the headwaters of the McKenzie River, and so crystal-clear and cold that ancient trees are preserved in its waters. The oranges, reds and yellows of Vine Maples should be in peak color, and stunning against the transparent turquoise of the lake. Your imagination will be captivated as we imagine Clear Lake being created by a lava flow damming the McKenzie River approximately three thousand years ago. Our walk will take us past old growth forests, lava flows, gushing springs, ending at a low-key resort with a café.


Meet at 8:45 AM at South Eugene High School parking lot at 19th x
Patterson in Eugene for carpool to trailhead.

Views from under water at Clear Lake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76BwHOdQsCY

cir·cum·am·bu·lateˌsərkəmˈambyəˌlāt/verb formal

1.walk all the way around (something)."they circumambulated the lake"

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Difficulty: easy
Distance: 5.5 mile loop
Elevation Gain: 200 ft.

Preparation: Bring a large lunch, plentiful water, rain jacket, extra layer of clothing, sun hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, and hiking boots or sturdy, closed-toe shoes suitable for walking on rough ground. Although the trail is paved in some places, it is narrow and rocky in other places, and is not appropriate for strollers.

Dogs: In accordance with National Sierra Club policy, dogs, other than certified assistance dogs, are allowed only at designated dog events. This outing is not a designated dog outing.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Please post a review of the fall colors at Clear Lake. I'll be interested to know if the trees are near peak, yet. Thanks!

    October 5, 2013

    • Richard

      Hi Melanie. The hike was great, and there were more different mushrooms than I remember seeing on any one previous hike. The leaves ranged from just past prime (turned and starting to wither) to fully green, and everything between. The temperature was nearly perfect, and we had a nice, leisurely walk. I've posted some of my photos, and I hope others will post as well.

      October 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you so much for posting your wonderful photos and for the description above. I wish I could have gone but had to work. Looks like there's still time to catch the colors at Clear Lake.

      October 8, 2013

  • Lyn D.

    My photos aren't of the quality of Richard's by any means, but I got a few that were different, including a nice heron shot, so I posted a few.

    October 7, 2013

  • Lyn D.

    Great use of a beautiful day. Thanks, all!

    October 7, 2013

  • Jo G.

    Really good!

    October 7, 2013

  • ARUN T.

    Excellent! Great people, wonderful weather; Cool Walter

    October 7, 2013

  • Jo G.

    Lovely, AND the company was great!

    Richard, When we returned to Eugene yesterday, I was so hungry that I forgot to get Sierra Club materials from you. Can you e-mail them, or mail mail them to me or something?

    October 7, 2013

  • Nanook

    EXCELLENT pics, Richard! Anyone able to i.d. any of those 'shrooms?

    October 7, 2013

  • Kathy

    What a beautiful day! Hats off to the leaders for exhibiting grace under pressure! Looking forward to seeing everyone on another outing soon!

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Sorry for no-showing. My wife and I are both under the weather.

    Michael

    October 6, 2013

  • Richard

    Hi Folks. The weather forecast for tomorrow looks excellent! It should be sunny and not-cold. That being said, please do bring an extra layer and a rain jacket, just in case.

    October 5, 2013

  • Cindy

    Change in plans - I'll now be spending time w/my grandkids this weekend.

    October 5, 2013

  • Barbara

    Kathy and I are meeting in Walterville which is on the way. Do others want to make a quick stop there so we can caravan, or should we meet at the trail head? Looking forward to a beautiful drive and hike.

    September 30, 2013

    • Richard

      Hi Barbara, it will probably be best to meet at the trailhead. It might be helpful to trade cell phone#'s offline (not posted publicly) to make sure we're on the same page Sunday morning. Do you know the route to Clear Lake? You two will likely be 20-25 minutes ahead of us.

      September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bummer, I picked up a work shift for a coworker not realizing I was signed up for this hike. Sorry to miss out.

    September 26, 2013

  • Jo G.

    Slightly earlier meeting time will probably make it possible for me.

    September 12, 2013

  • Cathy C.

    NOTE: This is one of my favorite outings and last year was awesome. We often get asked what time we will definitely get back to Eugene, whether people can leave early or any number of other ways of customizing things to individual schedules. In anticipation, I pro-actively say, please just plan to spend the day with us! (But I imagine we should be back around 4 PM) Thanks and looking forward to seeing you soon! :-)

    September 12, 2013

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