Sparks Lake

Bend, Oregon

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This may be the prettiest road-based tour in the Bend area. It’s a long way down the hill to this lake and back, but traveling on the road is relatively straightforward. So despite the distance, this is a tour that any intermediate snowshoer in good shape can tackle. Sparks Lake is an excellent viewpoint to take in the wide sweep of the Three Sisters region, and the mellow terrain along the road makes for easy gawking along the way. Bring a camera to capture the sublime mountain views. In fact, there is a spot on this lakeshore with a small memorial to Ray Atkeson, a celebrated Oregon photographer who took amazing photos of this area.
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by Shea Andersen (The Mountaineers Books)

This may be the prettiest road-based tour in the Bend area. It’s a long way down the hill to this lake and back, but traveling on the road is relatively straightforward. So despite the distance, this is a tour that any intermediate snowshoer in good shape can tackle.

Sparks Lake is an excellent viewpoint to take in the wide sweep of the Three Sisters region, and the mellow terrain along the road makes for easy gawking along the way. Bring a camera to capture the sublime mountain views. In fact, there is a spot on this lakeshore with a small memorial to Ray Atkeson, a celebrated Oregon photographer who took amazing photos of this area.

©  Shea Andersen/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: December through April
Trailhead Elevation: 6,400 feet
Top Elevation: 6,400 feet
Local Contacts: Deschutes National Forest, Bend/ Fort Rock Ranger District
Local Maps: Geo-Graphics, Three Sisters Wilderness Map; USGS Broken Top, South Sister
Driving Directions: Directions to Sparks Lake

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May 2018