Cascade Lakes Highway

Sunriver, Oregon

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An eighty-seven-mile signed highway through the Central Cascade Mountains, skirting nine alpine lakes. From central Oregon’s high desert, the drive climbs to about 6,000 feet at Mount Bachelor. As it moves south and east, the drive follows portions of Indian trails and wagon roads, and crosses forested slopes explored by Nathaniel Wyeth, John C. Fremont, and Kit Carson. Although the route extends through a corridor of trees, lakes are easily accessible and usually within a mile of the main road. They are stocked frequently with rainbow trout, and contain other species. Most of the route is straight and with gradual slopes, and traffic is light to moderate during the week. Special attractions: Mount Bachelor Ski Area, nine alpine lakes, two reservoirs, resorts, Three Sisters Wilderness, Deschutes River, camping, hiking, fishing, and boating. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

Cascade Lakes Highway Professional Review and Guide

"An eighty-seven-mile signed highway through the Central Cascade Mountains, skirting nine alpine lakes. From central Oregon’s high desert, the drive climbs to about 6,000 feet at Mount Bachelor. As it moves south and east, the drive follows portions of Indian trails and wagon roads, and crosses forested slopes explored by Nathaniel Wyeth, John C. Fremont, and Kit Carson. Although the route extends through a corridor of trees, lakes are easily accessible and usually within a mile of the main road. They are stocked frequently with rainbow trout, and contain other species. Most of the route is straight and with gradual slopes, and traffic is light to moderate during the week.

Special attractions: Mount Bachelor Ski Area, nine alpine lakes, two reservoirs, resorts, Three Sisters Wilderness, Deschutes River, camping, hiking, fishing, and boating. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Sunriver
Distance: 87
Season: Early June to November
Local Contacts: Deschutes National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Cascade Lakes Highway

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May 2018