Lava Lake to Sparks Lake Trails 4 and 99

Bend, Oregon 97702

Lava Lake to Sparks Lake Trails 4 and 99

Lava Lake to Sparks Lake: Trails 4 & 99 Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Lava Lake to Sparks Lake: Trails 4 & 99 Professional Reviews and Guides

"Get ready to crank on this awesome central Oregon singletrack filled with many challenges that will test your technical prowess. The gorgeous mountain and lake scenery and nonstop action on this trail make it one of the best rides in the region. Trail surface: 10.5 miles of singletrack; 0.2 miles of gravel road; 13.5 miles of pavement."

Lava Lake to Sparks Lake: Trails 4 & 99 Reviews

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9/11/2007
Great singletrack,road section very scenic,bring tires with tough sidewalls lava rocks are very abrasive,ride was overall fairly easy,2.5 hours total ride time.
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10/14/2000
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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Trail Information

Bend
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
22.6
Distance
700 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Moderate
Physical Difficulty
3-4 hours
Duration
June through mid-October
Season
4,750 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,450 feet
Top Elevation
Deschutes National Forest 541-388-2715
Local Contacts
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
Local Maps