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Paulina Lake Loop Trail is a 7.5-mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near La Pine, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash. This is an easy nearly flat hike. There are just a few uphills. The views of the lake and the caldera are great. Wait and see! Weather calls for a high of 62 with sunny skies. But I will update everyone Saturday. What to bring? Plenty of water, snacks, a lunch. I'll carry a first aid kit for the group. Thinking a light jacket or a puffy if it gets breezy. Hiking poles not necessary for this hike. Now, I've lived here for 10 years, and have done this loop half a dozen times, but I've never seen the hot springs. Maybe someone who's been there before will sign up for this event and show me where it is. Takes an hour to get down there. I need two drivers to volunteer their vehicles. Wearing masks while carpooling is mandatory. End time is approximate.
We depart from Jack Lake TH. Camp #1 at Koko Lake Camp #2 at Square Lake Notes: From Koko Lake to Square Lake is 10 miles without a reliable water source. Water management is key. From Square Lake back to the trailhead there is a reliable creek about halfway. I'll update the weather conditions Wednesday before. Hiking staffs are required.
Road trip to Crater Lake! So many have tried to capture the color of the blue with their cameras or fancy phones--and many come close. But until you see it with your own eyes, you'll see for yourself. It takes approximately 1 and 1/2 hours to get down there. We begin our adventure as we arrive at the southern entrance to the Crater Lake National park. Let's be tourists and see what we can see! After departing the park, we make to the nearby unincorporated community of Union Creek in Jackson County. People in the know, know all about Beckies Cafe and its famous Huckleberry pie (their food offerings are excellent as well, take only as you might expect). Next door is the Ice cream shop. I was there a few years back, and they were giving the ice cream away as they were closing their doors for the season. Great timing! On your way out/north we'll stop at the Rogue Gorge and Natural Bridge. Natural Bridge, a point located along the upper reaches of the Rogue River, is where the magic happens. At this point, the Rogue River disappears underground into a 250-foot lava tube, with a small amount of water escaping from the tube, forming a pool under the bridge. All of the water, slowly but surely, reappears at the surface further down the river. ****I need a couple of drivers to volunteer their vehicles. Also, if you happen to have a Senior, Lifetime, or America the Beautiful pass, please bring it. These passes waiver the $30 park fee. I have a pass. 2 hours back to Bend. The end time is approximate.
This trail is one of my favorites in Oregon. It offers a little of everything--climbs, mossy trees, mountains, lake views, and a unique shelter. The trail is a very popular and accessible section of the Pacific Crest Trail near Willamette Pass. It is great for summer hiking, swimming, fishing, and backpacking, and in the winter it is the perfect trail for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Believe me, we'll return for a snowshoe adventure. We begin with a 2-mile gradual climb along the PCT (there are no switchbacks). At the top of the hill, we will be rewarded with amazing views of all three Rosary Lakes, Pulpit Rock, Odell Lake, Summit Lake, and Diamond Peak. From there is 2.5 miles east to Maiden Lake/Camp #1. If we wish to go further and or depending on conditions :), we continue north, counter-clockwise. We'll stop at the Maiden Shelter; it is an octagonal 2-story log cabin with an unlocked door, a wood stove, and solar lights. It's first come first served. It sleeps 12. (We'll be back when the snow flies for a snowshoe adventure--stay tuned for that one). It's mainly used for PCT thru-hikers. Afterward, we'll continue and eventually make our way to Gold Lake Campground/Camp #2. The next morning it is a 4-mile hike back to the vehicles. https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/oregon/pacific-crest-trail-and-maiden-peak-trail-loop?mobileMap=false&ref=sidebar-view-full-map We'll need one or two volunteers to drive. You will all pitch in for gas.