Come join us for a lotta fun and a little work at Todd Lake in Deschutes National Forest near Bend, Oregon. Our entire mission is to keep the Todd Lake Trails in good condition, and to build a much-needed boardwalk over the wet meadow to keep feet dry and prevent erosion. Its fun to get together, meet new people and to do something good for the community and nature. We even provide lunch! About twice a year, we assist Forest Service staff with rebuilding, rehabbing, and restoration of the Todd Lake Trail in order to define and confine the many meandering trails. We are building a section of elevated trail and bridge segments over chronically wet sections and close cross-cut trails by placing brush and replanting. Our goal is to have fun and reduce erosion and impacts on sensitive substrates, wetlands, wildlife and wildflowers at this well-loved spot.
Please wear sturdy boots, long pants and sleeves, work gloves, hats, sunglasses or other eye protection; and bring water and snacks. Hopefully raingear won’t be needed, but better bring it just in case! A hearty lunch will be provided. Please carpool when possible. Parking is limited. The site is reachable only by foot so be prepared to walk a couple of miles over the course of the day.
My mother Carol Swift was a lover of Todd Lake and all things wild, and sadly passed away from ovarian cancer. This project, organized by her friends and family to remember her and all those taken by cancer too soon, aims to preserve and protect the wetlands and wildflowers she loved. We hope that this will turn into an annual event so that we can complete the 700 feet of trail that needs work!
To join us, drive From Bend, OR 24.0 miles west on Cascade Lakes Highway (46), then 0.5 miles north on Forest Road 4600-370 to Todd Lake trailhead. Then walk through the gate and hike 1/4 mile to the lake. Bring whatever you’ll need for a day outside including sturdy hiking or rubber boots, long pants and sleeves, work gloves, hats, and sunglasses. Bring water, snacks and raingear. Lunch will be provided. Please carpool when possible. Parking is limited. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park until September 30th.