Swampy Tie Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Lucas Alberg, Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Douglas Lorain, 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"Ask Bend locals where to go snowshoeing on a winter’s day, and they’re likely to tell you to head for Swampy Lakes for two reasons. First, the Swampy Lakes Sno-Park accesses many trails of widely varying difficulty. And second, it’s a good place to tell tourists to go so locals can have their secret haunts to themselves. But there’s no reason to disdain Swampy Lakes. It is popular, yes. But because it has so many different trail options, you can easily find a route to accommodate your needs for both exercise and wintry peace. Beginners will find at least three loops less than 2 miles long. More advanced snowshoers can fill their entire day covering trails more than 8 miles long."
--Shea Andersen, Snowshoe Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
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