Lava Lake to Sparks Lake Trails 4 and 99

Bend, Oregon

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The trail is on the west side of Mt. Bachelor, 30 miles west of Bend. Tread: singletrack. Hazards: This remote trail requires that you come prepared for wilderness travel and sudden weather changes, with adequate food, clothing, bike repair equipment, and water to complete the trip. Rock outcrops and loose rock on the trail are common. From the Lava Lake Trailhead at the far east end of Lava Lake Campground, follow the trail north along the east shore of Lava Lake. Stay to the left at the junction with the Edison/Little Lava Lake Trail, which is a few hundred yards from the trailhead. The 1.5-mile traverse along the lakeshore is challenging. The trail leaves the north end of the lake and climbs gradually through lava flows and lodgepole pines for nearly 4 miles before meeting the junction with Quinn Meadow Trail.
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Mountain Biking Oregon

by Mark Wigg (Falcon Guides)

The trail is on the west side of Mt. Bachelor, 30 miles west of Bend. Tread: singletrack. Hazards: This remote trail requires that you come prepared for wilderness travel and sudden weather changes, with adequate food, clothing, bike repair equipment, and water to complete the trip. Rock outcrops and loose rock on the trail are common.

From the Lava Lake Trailhead at the far east end of Lava Lake Campground, follow the trail north along the east shore of Lava Lake. Stay to the left at the junction with the Edison/Little Lava Lake Trail, which is a few hundred yards from the trailhead. The 1.5-mile traverse along the lakeshore is challenging. The trail leaves the north end of the lake and climbs gradually through lava flows and lodgepole pines for nearly 4 miles before meeting the junction with Quinn Meadow Trail.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 22.6
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: June through mid-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,750 feet
Top Elevation: 5,450 feet
Local Contacts: Deschutes National Forest 541-388-2715
Local Maps: Bend Ranger District map provides good coverage of the area but does not show the trail. The Fat Tire Publications' map, Mountain Biking Central Oregon provides excellent coverage and is water and tear resistant. Most Bike stores carry the map. The Forest Service also publishes brochures for mountain biking in Central Oregon. USGS: Broken top, South Sister, Elk Lake, Bachelor Butte
Driving Directions: Directions to Lava Lake to Sparks Lake: Trails 4 & 99

Recent Trail Reviews

9/7/2004
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10/14/2000
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Fun ride with lot's of incredible volcanic rock formations. Incredible views of the Sisters & Broken Top from Lava Lake. If you have the stamina, you can do a 40 mile loop around the base of Mount Bachelor that includes sections of this trail.



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