Backpacking - Green Lakes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will meet at 7:30AM at the Best Buy, just off I-5, on Gateway. Plan on leaving promptly at 8:00AM. I feel this is a great on and off spot, it is near the freeway, several gas stations, coffee stands, and highways for everyone to meet at. We can conveniently go south along the freeway from here.

Trail Info: Green Lakes is a 8.8 mile out and back with 1100' of elevation gain. The trail runs along a creek, then through a dense forest, before following the creek between a lava field and the forest. Views of South Sister, Mount Bachelor and Broken Top can be seen throughout the hike.  Options of taking the Soda Creek Trail on our way out is available and recommended for amazing views and to give hikers something new to see.  This trails does add a few more miles, but it is downhill and well worth the views of Mount Bachelor and the many meadows and alpine creeks.

Where: Green Lakes is located in the Three Sisters Wilderness, near Mount Bachelor, with Bend being the nearest city.

When: Meeting at 7:30AM at Best Buy.

Directions: From I-5 South take Exit 188 for HWY 58 - Willamette Highway. Follow HWY 58 pass Willamette Pass and the small community of Crescent. Turn left at the Crescent Junction Cut-Off. After about 3 miles, take a left for the Cascade Lakes Highway. Follow the highway to the parking lot and trailhead markers for Green Lakes. Trailhead parking is near Sparks Lake, about 4.4 miles from Mount Bachelor. This hike is on page 134 in William L. Sullivan's Third Edition of "100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades".

Details: We will leave Best Buy promptly at 8:00AM. The drive will take a little less than 2 and half hours, by my estimates. We should reach the trailhead before 11:00AM. We will hike until about 12:30PM, and take our lunch along the creek, which has several viewable waterfalls along its path. After enjoying our lunches and relaxing some, we will continue on up the trail to Green Lakes, with views of Broken Top and South Sister becoming quite dominant along the trail. I plan on setting up camp at one of the designated camp sites along the lake. After setting up, we will take a enjoyable hike around the lake with views in all directions. We should return just in time to start dinner. We will have a great breakfast together in the morning, then break camp. The trail returns 4.4 miles back down to the trailhead, making for a 8.8 miles hike through dense forest, and along a creek with amazing waterfalls at every turn. Definitely bring your camera for this adventure.

Contact: Matt Howell - (541)[masked]

Forest Service: Bend and Fort Rock Ranger District - (541)[masked]

Requirements and Suggestions: I highly recommend light, quick drying clothing, and dressing in layers. Durable hiking boots or waterproof shoes are highly encouraged. Due to colder evenings at higher elevations please be sure to pack a warm layer such as a fleece jacket, down vest or jacket. The trailhead will be at 5440' and we will climb to about 6550', so please keep it in mind of the weather changes in higher elevation. Also remember to pack your 10 Essentials along with your overnight backpacking gear.

Ten Essentials:

Maps

Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver)

Sunglasses and sunscreen

Extra food and water

Extra clothes

Headlamp or flashlight

First aid kit

Fire starter

Matches

Knife

Carpooling: We will arrange carpools in the morning. Please be sure to bring money to chip in for gas to the drivers. With the distance, I suggest a reasonable $15 to $20 to drivers for their contributions and for their vehicle's wear and tear.

Parking Passes and Forest Regulations: Green Lakes requires a Northwest Forest Pass or a $5 day fee and also a Wilderness Permit. The Wilderness Permit is free, and can be filled out at the trailhead. It simply helps the Forest Service keep track of how many people are on the trails on a given day. An annual Northwest Forest Pass is available for $30 at REI and other local sporting goods stores. Please bring it with you if you have one.

* Also, the hike is limited to 12 hikers, due to the "12 Heartbeat Rule". In principle, the rule regulates the amount of foot traffic per group on the trail at one time. Pets count as a heartbeat. Many trails in the wilderness have this rule to keep the trails from being damaged from overuse by large groups, and to embrace the feeling of some solitude in the wilderness.

*An option of staying an extra day, and hiking out early on Monday, September 2nd will be discussed amongst those that are interested in going.

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  • Joe N.

    Great video, thanks.....

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Justin

    Another great trip with great people!!!!!!!!! I had day hiked to Green Lakes about 3 years ago. This was my first backpacking trip there. The weather was perfect. Its nice to see familiar faces on the trip, but its also great to see new faces and enjoy exploring new places together.

    3 · September 3, 2013

  • Carrie

    So beautiful... I've never seen so many stars.

    4 · September 1, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      We missed seeing you out there, Eddy. We were camped to the left side of the lake as you approach from the Fall Creek Trail. The views were great. I have the ENO Double Nest hammock. I'm really enjoying it. I'm currently looking into getting a lightweight tarp to go over it for the ability to use it in other seasons as well.

      September 2, 2013

    • Eddy O

      cool. we flew by the big lake along the east shore at about 1pm en route to cayuse crater and crater creek. we'll have to get the hammocks out soon. check out warbonnet outdoors for nice tarps. glad everyone had fun.

      September 3, 2013

  • Renee

    Great, fun group and jaw-dropping gorgeous scenery! Thanks to all for the welcome!

    2 · September 2, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Glad you went, Renee. It was a great trip. Hope to see you join us again soon.

      September 2, 2013

  • Joe N.

    I love that backpack, unfortunately my backpacking days are over due to health problems. I went up with others with the intent to climb Broken Top. It was Labor Day. During the day it probably got up to around 80 F with sunshine. Perfect, but as soon as the sun slipped behind Broken Top the temperature dropped quickly. We were not prepared for that even though we all had warm clothing. I would recommend taking poly props and a good sleeping bag and ground pad. It froze in the small creek. The only person who stayed warm was one of the guys who brought two dogs. And, he wasn't sharing them with anybody. I guess you could say it was a two dog night.
    Have fun it is a great spot, one of my most favorite hikes.

    August 25, 2013

    • Joe N.

      I forgot to say thanks to all for the great photos. It looks pretty dry up there around Green Lake, lets hope for rain. But not so much that the road gets closed because of ice or snow.

      1 · September 2, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      That area is great also in the winter. Snowshoeing and winter camping on the lakes.

      September 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic! Matt is one of the most jovial, prepared and considerate people I have met! He sets the bar pretty high. But then again, he wouldn't judge :)

    3 · September 2, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Thanks, Amy. Greatly appreciated. Glad you were able to join us and enjoy such a fun trip. Hope to see you on more trips.

      September 2, 2013

  • Brian K.

    I couldn't ask for a more excellent group of people to go on my first backpacking trip

    3 · September 2, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      I'm glad you came and enjoyed your time. Great job on getting that first one out of the way. Hope to see you join us for more.

      September 2, 2013

  • Rachel B.

    I apologize but my dog care fell through at the last minute. I am not going to be able to make it. :( Hope there will be another overnighter soon. I say Waldo Lake!!!!

    1 · August 30, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      sorry you can't make it. Waldo Lake does sound like a good trip to do.

      August 30, 2013

    • Justin

      Bummer..... Enjoy your weekend

      August 31, 2013

  • BW

    i like hiking , camping and seeing you all to much to just do one night, doing one night is like a bad tease. Not hearing from any body doing 2 nights.I decided ( time on road, pre trip packing, time spent washing ,drying putting away gear and tent and worst of all no campfires) that I'm not going to go. I would rather wait to see you all on the next 2 plus night trip or 1 night trip with camp fires. Please feel free to contact anytime me for any 2 plus night trips, camps outs on the W. Coast.

    August 30, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      I look at it as one night is better than none. I completely understand what you are saying, BW. Just that there are times where the trips are being fit into the time that is available. I know we don't get a lot of two night trips, and I hope to do those when possible.

      August 30, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    I think I'm just going to go for the one night. Those going for two nights, feel free to do so. I just feel I could use my Monday to relax a bit in town, enjoy a BBQ with my family, and be recharged for work the next day. I'll get a ride with my brother, Justin. BW, thank you for the offer of the ride, and for wanting to go for two nights. I appreciate it.

    August 29, 2013

  • Gustavo

    Would i be able to catch a ride with someone?

    August 28, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      We always carpool, so there will be a ride for you. If you need a ride to Best Buy in the morning, just see if anyone lives near you to pick you up.

      August 29, 2013

    • Gustavo

      I can get to Best Buy just want to make sure i have a ride to Green Lakes.

      1 · August 29, 2013

  • BW

    I will be bringing a group (99% bacteria+virus) gravity feed water filter bag ( hangs from tree, no pumping),every body can use.But always carry back up iodine tablets in your 1st aid kit.----------Tina - I am planing my meals ect.(Sat. night only, verses Sat. + Sun nights).I will do ( 2 nights) Sun night to , if you , Matt , any one else dose or just one of you.

    2 · August 29, 2013

  • BW

    Would any body like to go for Mon. night to (2 nights).I can drive and take 2 people for 2 nights only.If one night I won't and will need a ride. On the way back,there is a great free natural hots springs on the other side of Oakridge right along side HywY 58. It has been up-graded with a new parking lot (no semi-truck parking and -- No Truckers ! ! -----), rest rooms (bad news is it is only day use now! Double Bummer ! !). You can ware your birthday or bathing suit. The last 2 time I was up there, there were families with kids so every body wore bathing suits. What ever works.I don't have a hot tub to hit when i get home to relax the Bod,so if I drive i will do at least a quick simmer in the large pool. Have Double the Fun do 2 nights.

    August 28, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      BW, I said I would let you know as soon as work lets me know. As of right now, it looks like I am good to go for two nights. However, I can't do Monday night, cause I have to be to work on Tuesday. I also don't want to be back to Eugene too late on Monday. Would like to relax a bit after a few days of backpacking before returning to work. The hot springs sound fun, and we will be heading there for another event later, when the pools won't be so hot.

      August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I missed the signup for this one, Matt. Should be a great hike.

    August 26, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      There is a waiting list. If someone drops out, or can't go, you would take their spot.

      August 28, 2013

  • BW

    Oh I could go Fri, and Sat. nights,or Sat.and Sun. nights

    August 28, 2013

  • Justin

    I was just up in that area this past weekend at Park Meadows. Thunderstorms were in the area. I got a little bit of rain and hail. Make sure to bring some type of water proof jacket. Looking forward to camping at Green Lakes. I've only day hiked there before. The views should be awesome!!!

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Eddy O

    wife and i are heading around broken top that weekend - and will be cruising by green lakes saturday afternoon. i'll give a shout if we see the group. have fun!

    2 · August 25, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      I'll be on the look out for you. Have a fun trip as well.

      August 25, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    The first three minutes of the video show the trail we will hike in on. There will be a lot of waterfalls, forest, lava rock, alpine meadows, and lakes to see.
    http://youtu.be/DcHzZmQamX0

    August 23, 2013

  • Gustavo

    How many will you be there?

    August 18, 2013

    • Gustavo

      Thanks Matt but i might have it all. Really looking forward to the trip. You think it's going to be cold?

      August 19, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      I was just up that way this last weekend, and the weather was great. Evenings were cool, but not cold yet. I will post a weather update a night or two before the trip, to give people an idea of what to expect.

      August 20, 2013

  • BW

    I want to do 2 nights if I can ride with some one

    1 · August 19, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      BW, I would be interested in going for 2 nights as well, but Justin is only able to go for one night, and I am planning on riding with him. If we can find others wanting to do 2 nights, I can chip in gas money and the parking pass.

      August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sadly, I'm not going to make it. New job is keeping me rather busy. Have fun!

    August 19, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      I hope you enjoy yourself with the new job and the transitions that will come. I'll miss having you along for the trip.

      August 19, 2013

  • Gustavo

    I'm really excited. See you all there

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    Anyone else interested in going? We currently have 2 spots available. I may open up a few more, depending on demand from those wanting to go. May need two campsites.

    August 18, 2013

  • Brian K.

    Does everyone need a Northwest Forest Pass or is it based per car?

    August 9, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      It's per car. I have one, s well as my brother, Justin. So we should have the cars covered for the passes.

      August 9, 2013

  • Justin

    I have to work Labor Day. So I can only stay 1 night. I can provide transportation for 4 if needed, if others wish to stay 2 nights. I also would like to hike out the Soda Creek trail as I have not done that before and love exploring.

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Justin

    Love that area

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    Just a reminder that the RSVPs open for this trip tomorrow evening. If you are interested, sign up to get your spot. This is a popular backpacking trip for the group, and usually fills up fast.

    August 1, 2013

  • Brian K.

    This sounds fun, looking forward to it.

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Matthew H.

    Registration will open on the evening of August 2nd. That will allow time for everyone to see and read the write up, and decide if they really want to go. Hopefully that will give everyone a chance, as well as eliminate the amount of people that drop out without notice.

    July 22, 2013

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