Patjens Lakes

Bend, Oregon

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Don’t let the frenzy around the Patjens Lakes Trailhead fool you. Though the nearby campgrounds may be full, ATVs and dirtbikes within earshot, and water skiers visible o? in the distance, all the clamor and noise stop and nature takes over within your first half-mile on this scenic and relatively easy loop. The Patjens Lakes Loop hits three alpine lakes in addition to skirting several more ponds and the large and scenic Big Lake. Just south of 4,800-foot Santiam Pass, snow may linger into early summer and mosquitoes can be heavy in July, so be wary of any lakeside stops; better yet, visit in August or September.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

Don’t let the frenzy around the Patjens Lakes Trailhead fool you. Though the nearby campgrounds may be full, ATVs and dirtbikes within earshot, and water skiers visible o? in the distance, all the clamor and noise stop and nature takes over within your first half-mile on this scenic and relatively easy loop.

The Patjens Lakes Loop hits three alpine lakes in addition to skirting several more ponds and the large and scenic Big Lake. Just south of 4,800-foot Santiam Pass, snow may linger into early summer and mosquitoes can be heavy in July, so be wary of any lakeside stops; better yet, visit in August or September.

© 2016 Lucas Alberg/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 6.7
Elevation Gain: 619 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: June–October, sunrise–sunset. Best: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: McKenzie River Ranger District, Willamette National Forest; 541-822-3381, www.fs.usda.gov/willamette
Local Maps: Mount Jefferson and Mount Washington Trails Illustrated Topographic Map by National Geographic ($11.95, natgeomaps.com)
Driving Directions: Directions to Patjens Lakes

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