Scott Lake

Willamette, Oregon

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Scott Lake sits at an elevation of roughly 4,800 feet on the west side of McKenzie Pass. Reflected in its waters are spectacular views of North and Middle Sister. Popular with campers in August (and mosquitoes in July), the lake is the starting point for a running loop connecting a handful of subalpine lakes, along with a short detour to the open, wildflower-dotted summit of Scott Mountain overlooking the area in all directions. The lake itself is a worthy destination, too, so if you have the time, try camping the night before or after your run.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

Scott Lake sits at an elevation of roughly 4,800 feet on the west side of McKenzie Pass. Reflected in its waters are spectacular views of North and Middle Sister.

Popular with campers in August (and mosquitoes in July), the lake is the starting point for a running loop connecting a handful of subalpine lakes, along with a short detour to the open, wildflower-dotted summit of Scott Mountain overlooking the area in all directions. The lake itself is a worthy destination, too, so if you have the time, try camping the night before or after your run.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Willamette
Distance: 9.7
Elevation Gain: 1,514 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: July–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 Scott Lake

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