Klovdahl Bay

OutAndBack • 8.8 mi • 2140 ft

A day hike or overnight backpack trip to Waldo Lake at the site of a historic water diversion tunnel in the Waldo Lake Wilderness. Old-growth Douglas-fir provides a serene environment for the Black Creek Trail as it climbs along the slope north of the creek. The forest also contains western hemlock and western redcedar. After a little more than 1 mile the creek seems suddenly louder, and without any other warning the delightful cascade of Lithan Falls appears through the trees. This would make a good destination for those desiring an easy hike. The trail switches back to the left and climbs the north canyon wall. Permit: Permit required for day and overnight hikes; self issue at trailhead.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Oakridge
Length: 8.8 total miles
Elevation Gain: 2,140 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Backpack or day hike
Season: Best summer and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,360 feet
Top Elevation: 5,500 feet
Local Contacts: Oakridge Ranger District, Willamette National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Waldo Lake; Waldo Lake Wilderness and Recreation Area, Willamette National Forest
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Big trees are the attraction on the lower half of the hike. Lithan Falls is very pretty, but it doesn't justify the long drive to the trailhead. Stream crossings can be a bit dicey after precipitation. Waldo Lake is a rewarding destination that makes the climb worthwhile.

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