Swampy Loop Trail

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain198ft
Trailhead Elevation5,878ft
Elevation Min/Max5847/5977ft
Elevation Start/End5878/5877ft

Swampy Loop Trail

Swampy Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Deschutes National Forest. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 5,878 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 198 feet. The trail ends near the Swampy Lakes Shelter. This trail connects with the following: Swede Ridge Trail, South Fork Trail, Swampy Lakes Trail and Swampy Tie.

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press)
Lucas Alberg
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"Though the name itself may not conjure up inviting images of mountainous beauty, the Swampy Lakes area is nonetheless worth exploring. Popular with mountain bikers as a launching point to numerous trails in the area and beyond, Swampy Lakes also provides runners with multiple loop options o?ering just enough visual stimuli to keep things interesting. The Swampy Lakes Loop o?ers several routes of varying distances on rolling terrain and moderate elevation gain."
100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Douglas Lorain
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"The well-named Swampy Lakes are nestled in a scenic meadow east of Mount Bachelor, where visitors can enjoy excellent views of both that snowy landmark and nearby Tumalo Mountain. The lakes are a popular destination with cross-country skiers in the winter but are virtually deserted once the snow melts. That is a shame, because the trail has a lot to offer, including impressive waterfalls, pleasant forests, and colorful wildflowers. Unfortunately, Swampy Lakes also offer a lot of something else: mosquitoes (hardly surprising, given the name). As a result, this hike is best done as a day trip, at least until mid-August when the insect hordes have died down."

Swampy Loop Trail Trip Reports

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Swampy Lakes is a great, short trail for beginners to cut their teeth on. A couple of short and steep climbs (15 foot), a variety of soil from rocky to loose and sandy to ruts and some twisty technical turns make it fun for anyone starting out to learn the ropes. It's got great access right off the highway and very kid friendly. For stronger riders, make a day and ride all the snowparks ! I've found that running a lower tire pressure works great here !

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Trail Information

Deschutes National Forest
Nearby City
Deschutes National Forest
Bend–Fort Rock Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest; 541-383-4000, www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes
Local Contacts
Three Sisters Wilderness Trail Map by Adventure Maps, Inc. ($12, adventuremaps.net)
Local Maps