Mountain View Lake

Willamette Pass, Oregon

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The name “Mountain View Lake” tells you everything you need to know about the merits of this destination. Although this pool provides the best view anywhere of Diamond Peak’s long snowy ridge, very few people go here, because the water is too shallow for fish and the small lake is not identified on any map. As a result, the trail provides solitude and avoids the choking dust that plagues the more popular paths to nearby Diamond View and Fawn lakes. July is the most spectacular time to visit, because snow still covers the mountain and the views are at their best. Another advantage of a visit at this time is that the dense clouds of mosquitoes that follow you around will provide shade by effectively blocking out the sun (just kidding—but only a little).
100 Classic Hikes in Oregon

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100 Classic Hikes in Oregon

by Douglas Lorain (The Mountaineers Books)

The name “Mountain View Lake” tells you everything you need to know about the merits of this destination. Although this pool provides the best view anywhere of Diamond Peak’s long snowy ridge, very few people go here, because the water is too shallow for fish and the small lake is not identified on any map.

As a result, the trail provides solitude and avoids the choking dust that plagues the more popular paths to nearby Diamond View and Fawn lakes. July is the most spectacular time to visit, because snow still covers the mountain and the views are at their best. Another advantage of a visit at this time is that the dense clouds of mosquitoes that follow you around will provide shade by effectively blocking out the sun (just kidding—but only a little).

©  Douglas Lorain/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Willamette Pass
Length: 12.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 hours (day hike or backpack)
Season: July to October
Local Maps: USFS Diamond Peak Wilderness
Topo Map: Mountain View Lake Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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