Merle Lake

Bend, Oregon

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I’m surprised that this trail isn’t more popular. Sure, you have to log a few miles on a beat-up forest road to get here, and yes, there are more scenic trails nearby. But there’s something perfectly calming about walking an empty trail through dense forest.
Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon

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Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon

by Brittany Manwill (The Mountaineers Books)

I’m surprised that this trail isn’t more popular. Sure, you have to log a few miles on a beat-up forest road to get here, and yes, there are more scenic trails nearby. But there’s something perfectly calming about walking an empty trail through dense forest.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 8.75
Elevation Gain: 880 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 9 hours
Season: Apr-Nov
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Deschutes National Forest, Bend–Fort Rock Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Crane Prairie Reservoir, USGS Irish Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Merle Lake

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