Todd Trail Number 34 Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Todd Lake rim is worth a few turns if the snow is good and time is short."
--Chris Van Tilburg, Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"This well-hidden gem of a lake is well worth the routefinding it might take to get to it. You’ll find Todd Lake tucked neatly away in a deep, wide basin. Because it’s off the outer ring of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails that radiate out from Dutchman Flats, it’s also not as heavily traveled as the trails around it. You’re well insulated from snowmobile noise—or any kind of noise for that matter."
--Shea Andersen, Snowshoe Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"Tranquil Todd Lake is a popular destination near Bend that stands out as a particularly beautiful lake in an area with intense competition in that category. From the meadows at the north end of this shimmering lake are stunning views of Mount Bachelor, while in the open forest at the south end of the lake are idyllic picnic spots. The loop is very easy, so hikers who want a little more exercise can ascend a trail that goes northeast to a spectacular ridge-top viewpoint of the Todd Lake Basin and Mount Bachelor."
--Douglas Lorain, 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"A day hike or overnight backpack to Green Lakes in the Three Sisters Wilderness. The trail winds through alpine meadows with views of Broken Top Mountain. This is a good alternative route to the Broken Top Trail and Green Lakes for those without the high-clearance vehicle recommended to reach the Broken Top trailhead. The meadows and isolated stands of trees in the Crater Creek drainage and the Green Lakes area are good examples of alpine scenery. Notice how the trees tend to form clumps or small groups in the higher areas. Tree islands tend to form on rises or hummocks where the snow is less deep and melts earlier."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Oregon's Central Cascades (Falcon Guides).
"This hike tours a varied landscape, rising from a large lake lined with fir and hemlock into a subalpine environment with less than 1000 feet of climb. Most of the hike is forested; open meadowlands offer streams or marshes. The first half of this almost 6-mile hike follows well-maintained Forest Service trails; the second portion tracks along roads, most of which are abandoned or gated off. They are really nothing more than luxuriously wide hiking paths, though there is occasional use by vehicles on the last half-mile, so as you return be vigilant for the sound of approaching engines and keep dogs close."
--Ellen Morris Bishop, Best Hikes with Dogs: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
We did this trail in July and it was absolutely beautiful. The hike out is not very strenuous and the changing scenery is breathtaking. In July, the wildflowers were in bloom and the weather was sunny and bright. We saw a couple that was doing the trail on horse back. The green lakes campsite is wonderful. Each of the tent sites are very spread apart, so you definitely have the feeling of being isolated. There were a few mosquitos but they tended to disappear as temperatures dropped. Even in July the nights were a chilly 45 F. Would definitely do this again.
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