Hike to Broken Top's "No-Name-Lake"­ basin & continue to the rim near Broken Hand

Latest word is from Forest Service as of August 16th,that Road 370 IS OPEN.  Conditions are rough and high clearance vehicles are recommended. To get there requires a 5.6 mile drive on a very rutted unmaintained road that William Sullivan (hiking guru) called the worst road in Oregon. That 5.6 miles takes about 45 minutes of slow, difficult driving and is not suited for passenger cars. Why bother? It is worth it for the crystal clear creek, alpine flowers, waterfalls, snow fields, craggy peaks, glaciers and the moraine lake. We can have leashed dogs on this trail. Bring a trowel to bury dog waste.

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  • Barb C.

    In all fairness , I didn't really post a description of the hike itself in either distance or elevation gain in the announcement. (I had to reread it to see that for myself.) And that road needs to be experienced first-hand to really grasp what it's like. I'm a big-girl and if I can't take a little critiquing then I shouldn't be leading. I think it's time to "just let it go".

    2 · August 27, 2013

  • Bob in P.

    I did much of this hike on August 2nd while the roads were undergoing maintenance and repair work. Consequently we hiked up the Todd Trail, connected with the Broken Top Trail, and then walked down both Road 380 and 370. With the extra miles to get up there, we didn't have time to reach the un-named lake as we had hoped -- --- still, the entire hike was beautiful and rewarding even without it.

    While there were some difficult looking sections of both roads, it was filled with rewarding views.

    As a former resident of Bend who envies those who live there now, it's hard to understand finding any fault with any version of this hike!

    If interested, here are links to photos I took on August 2nd:

    Small album on FB:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201542223067474&set=a.10201542221347431.1073741842.1534071132&type=3&theater

    Large album on Picasa:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/107474946913863401602/BrokenTopCrater

    August 27, 2013

  • Chuck F.

    Good hike that's a wee bit on the short side when driving to the TH - would recommend starting this closer to the main road and making it a longer hike. As our leader pointed out, the access road to the TH is horrendous - almost got seasick. The view from the top is tremendous and well worth the effort.

    1 · August 25, 2013

    • Robert S.

      Hello Chuck- You should not complain about this nice introduction to the infamous 370 Road: gateway to Broken Top, Green Lakes, Middle Sister and more, including a Circumnavigation of Broken Top in one long day. Not every outing is designed for a continuation of your personal training program. --Robert Speik

      1 · August 27, 2013

  • Leif J.

    I felt is was a waste of time spending so much time driving on a bad road to get to the trail head. I would have peferred a longer hike instead.

    August 25, 2013

    • Robert S.

      Hello Leif Jakobsen- I have not met you, but I read your profile posted when you joined this group, just a few months ago. Your comment above does show that you need to read the outing description and choose only those that are more challenging for your current age and physical condition. Sorry you "wasted your time", but you should not denigrate the trip leader and lower the approval rating of the outing by personally posting a lower rating than the customary five stars. Experienced leaders deserve thanks and respect or they will not be happy to lead again. --Robert Speik

      2 · August 27, 2013

  • Kathy B.

    Thank you Barb for organizing this terrific outing. What a wonderful place that is up there... right next to the dramatic crags of Broken Top, and what a gorgeous glacial lake and what a fun view over to the Sisters...

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Barb C.

    Thank you all for braving the road and the weather. I had a great time. You are all troopers!!

    August 25, 2013

  • John S.

    Great hike - perfect timing. Thanks Barbara

    1 · August 25, 2013

  • Laurel

    Sorry for the last minute cancel--need a slow Sunday morning. Catch you all another time.

    August 24, 2013

  • Nancy

    I am unable to do the hike. I cannot seem to cancel on this website. Sorry.

    August 24, 2013

    • Rob

      Done.

      August 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the late cancel - picked up a bug and need to rest.

    August 24, 2013

  • Barb C.

    Sorry to hear that Linda. I've had my share of knee problems. I know how painful it is but what I don't like the most is how it puts limits on what you can do.

    1 · August 24, 2013

    • Linda

      Glucosamine yes, sticks yes, I don't need pain relief any more, but thanks for good advise. I'm hoping to try a less steep hike.

      August 24, 2013

    • Nick P

      Use two (2) adjustable length trekking poles!

      August 24, 2013

  • Linda

    I think this is to steep for my new knee need a level 3 max. someone can have my spot.

    August 23, 2013

  • Barb C.

    Thanks for the pictures, Robert. I don't think I've ever seen that bathroom standing straight and painted! It was a treat to see you at the top.

    August 20, 2013

  • Barb C.

    Hey Judy-- I think that we have enough high-clearance vehicles available that you won't need to drive your car if you are concerned about that.

    August 20, 2013

  • Bob in P.

    Just attempted this hike on August 2, but because Road 380 was closed, we had to go up Todd Trail. By the time we were on the Broken Top Trail and the center of the crater the weather was looking ominous (big thunderstorms there Aug. 1) -- but still beautiful ! So we decided against going to the lake and hiked down Roads 370 and 380. BTW, they looked passable to most passenger cars if driven carefully. The road work was focused mainly on adding soil cover to the many culverts under the road -- some were practically exposed. If interested, here's a link to my photos of the trip: https://picasaweb.google.com/107474946913863401602/BrokenTopCrater

    August 19, 2013

  • Robert S.

    "No Name Lake" is actually a beautiful pristine glacial tarn on the north east side directly below the summit of Broken Top.

    Here is a photo essay of this hike from Broken Top TH to the tarn and return. Note that two of the participants were over 80:
    http://traditionalmountaineering.org/Photos_BrokenTop_Witty.htm

    The "370 Road" is maintained for slow 4WD travel only, to limit visitation to this magical area. It is slow but not scary.

    Check here for a one day circumnavigation of Broken Top:
    http://traditionalmountaineering.org/Photos_BrokenTop_Circle.htm

    August 19, 2013

  • Holly

    The road was open when I was there on Fri.

    August 15, 2013

    • Nick P

      Holy, what was the condition of the road? Better than before?

      August 15, 2013

    • Holly

      I did not drive it. I rode my horse and was on a trail, then rode the last 2 miles or so of the road, it looked the same to me.

      August 16, 2013

  • Barb C.

    It is 6.5 miles out and back to "No-Name-Lake' and possibly less than a mile further to the upper rim. Elevation gain is 2200 ft. and I would call this a level 4+. William Sullivan has added this hike to his newest edition of 100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades. I don't have the new edition, yet. If anyone does and wants to had to or change what I wrote it would be appreciated.

    August 16, 2013

  • Nick P

    Better to carry the dog dudu out. A plastic pick up bag placed inside a zippered zip lock bag not only weighs less than a trowel but you avoid the potential for initiating erosion. Hikers creed " Pack out what you carry in!" Bring several of those bag combo's.

    August 15, 2013

  • Jay F.

    About how long (miles) is the hike, and what is the elevaton gain?

    August 15, 2013

  • Kathleen E.

    What level hike is " no name lake"?

    August 15, 2013

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