Clear Lake

Willamette, Oregon

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Clear Lake is aptly named. Known for its deep, crystal-clear waters, the lake is the origin of the famed McKenzie River—arguably one of Oregon’s most pristine and beautiful rivers. The lake itself is so clear that many of the ancient snags at the bottom are still visible more than 100 feet below the surface. Fed by numerous springs, the lake was originally created when the south end dammed up from the Sand Mountain lava ?ows more than 3,000 years ago.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

Clear Lake is aptly named. Known for its deep, crystal-clear waters, the lake is the origin of the famed McKenzie River—arguably one of Oregon’s most pristine and beautiful rivers.

The lake itself is so clear that many of the ancient snags at the bottom are still visible more than 100 feet below the surface. Fed by numerous springs, the lake was originally created when the south end dammed up from the Sand Mountain lava ?ows more than 3,000 years ago.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Willamette
Distance: 4.8
Elevation Gain: 65 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: May–November, 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: Sisters & Redmond High Desert Trail Map by Adventure Maps, Inc. ($12, adventuremaps.net)
Driving Directions: Directions to Clear Lake

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