Lemish Lake

Bend, Oregon

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Sometimes you just want to get away from people and have a solitary outing in the woods. If this is what you’re feeling, then Lemish Lake is a perfect run for you. Though not the most scenic on the list, it’s pleasant enough, and you’re guaranteed to be able to count the number of other trail users seen on one hand. From the trailhead, run up the well-worn singletrack through forests of ponderosa pine and hemlock. At 0.5 mile, you’ll encounter your first junction and the beginnings of Lemish Lake. Several campsites dot the shores just to the left of the junction. Turn right toward Charlton Lake, following the mountain bike pointers. Cross the outlet creek for Lemish Lake and keep left at the second junction, staying on the Charlton Lake Trail 19. From here, the trail parallels the lakeshore with nice views until it veers back up into the thicker forests.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

Sometimes you just want to get away from people and have a solitary outing in the woods. If this is what you’re feeling, then Lemish Lake is a perfect run for you. Though not the most scenic on the list, it’s pleasant enough, and you’re guaranteed to be able to count the number of other trail users seen on one hand.

From the trailhead, run up the well-worn singletrack through forests of ponderosa pine and hemlock. At 0.5 mile, you’ll encounter your first junction and the beginnings of Lemish Lake. Several campsites dot the shores just to the left of the junction. Turn right toward Charlton Lake, following the mountain bike pointers. Cross the outlet creek for Lemish Lake and keep left at the second junction, staying on the Charlton Lake Trail 19. From here, the trail parallels the lakeshore with nice views until it veers back up into the thicker forests.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 9.2
Elevation Gain: 767 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: June–November, sunrise–sunset. Best: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bend–Fort Rock Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest; 541-383-4000, www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes
Local Maps: Bend, Oregon, Trail Map by Adventure Maps, Inc. ($12, adventuremaps.net)
Driving Directions: Directions to Lemish Lake

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