Moraine Lake Trail No. 17.1 is a hiking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Three Sisters Wilderness Area. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 5,970 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,674 feet.
Moraine Lake Trail No. 17.1 Professional Reviews and Guides
"One of the sparkliest jewels in the Cascade Lakes crown, stunningly beautiful Moraine Lake is a must-see. On this approach, you’ll start on the Elk-Devils Trail, cross through Wickiup Plain to the lake, and then circle back to Devils Lake on the South Sister Climbers Trail. Besides visiting one of the most picturesque alpine lakes in the area, you’ll also be rewarded with striking views of South Sister and the surrounding topography.Start on Elk-Devils Trail No.12. Within 0.1 mile, the trail reaches the trailhead kiosk, where you'll fill out your free wilderness permit. the trail is sandy with a lot of scattered rocks, making climbing a bit more difficult than it would be on a packed-down trail."
--Brittany Manwill , Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"The scenery around Moraine Lake doesn’t get much better: classic high alpine views with a pristine mountain lake sparkling in the sunshine, volcanic peaks that feel so close you can touch, and plenty of spots to admire them all in between. The beauty comes at a price, however: Nearly all of the 1,500 feet of elevation occurs within the ?rst 2 miles. Luckily, the return portion of the loop is much gentler and friendlier to runners."
--Lucas Alberg, Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press).
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