Horse Lake

Bend, Oregon

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The beginning stretch of this route is popular, as the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) lies just 1.5 miles from the trailhead, and Elk Lake is a popular pit stop for thru-hikers. But this route mostly avoids the beaten-down PCT path, so you’ll have a little more room to breathe.
Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon

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Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon

by Brittany Manwill (The Mountaineers Books)

The beginning stretch of this route is popular, as the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) lies just 1.5 miles from the trailhead, and Elk Lake is a popular pit stop for thru-hikers. But this route mostly avoids the beaten-down PCT path, so you’ll have a little more room to breathe.

© 2016 Brittany Manwill /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 8.6
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 8-9 hours
Season: July-Oct
Local Contacts: Deschutes National Forest, Bend–Fort Rock Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Elk Lake, USGS Packsaddle Mountain, Geo-Graphics Three Sisters Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Horse Lake

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