Patjens Lake Trail Number 3395

Willamette National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain975ft
Trailhead Elevation4,715ft
Elevation Min/Max4359/4833ft
Elevation Start/End4715/4715ft

Patjens Lake Trail Number 3395

Patjens Lake Trail Number 3395 is a hiking trail in Linn County, Oregon. It is within Mount Washington Wilderness Area and Willamette National Forest. It is 6.5 miles long and begins at 4,715 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 975 feet. Near the trailhead there are an information board and a parking. Along the trail there are restrooms, meadows, and drinking water.

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press)
Lucas Alberg
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"Don’t let the frenzy around the Patjens Lakes Trailhead fool you. Though the nearby campgrounds may be full, ATVs and dirtbikes within earshot, and water skiers visible off in the distance, all the clamor and noise stop and nature takes over within your first half-mile on this scenic and relatively easy loop. The Patjens Lakes Loop hits three alpine lakes in addition to skirting several more ponds and the large and scenic Big Lake. Just south of 4,800-foot Santiam Pass, snow may linger into early summer and mosquitoes can be heavy in July, so be wary of any lakeside stops; better yet, visit in August or September." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend and Central Oregon - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"This fun lake loop takes you on a tour of the Patjens Lakes and Big Lake in the Mount Washington Wilderness. This hike offers nice views of the Three Sisters, Belknap Crater, and Mount Washington. At the trailhead, fill out a wilderness permit before you enter the Mount Washington Wilderness. Begin hiking on the Patjens Lake Trail 3395. The trail passes through a pine forest carpeted with clumps of bear grass and lupine." Read more

Patjens Lake Trail Number 3395 Reviews

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Maybe it's unfair, but I really thought with a trail that has "Lakes" in the title that I would be seeing a bit more water than is present on this trail--but that's only one of the reasons I found this trail somewhat disappointing. It is quite a drive (10 minutes off the highway at the top of Santiam Pass) from wherever you are, unless you're camping at Big Lake, but despite the altitude and "lakes" is not much for views, but sticks to being a forest wilderness trail for most of the length. The actual Patjens Lakes are small, unremarkable, and mostly not even visible from the trail. Big Lake, which borders the last leg, is beautiful and an awesome spot to relax, but that just means you'd be better off coming there for recreation than a hike. Also early-season hikers be warned--there was all kinds of snow on the trail in mid-June still; best to save this one for August or later with the high altitudes. Every guidebook has this one so it's important for completists--but Suttle Lake and Echo Basin are both within 15 minutes and are vastly superior hikes.
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Great overnight backpack. Started the trail along the edge of Big Lake and stopped at the easternmost lake. Lots of ducks. Elk, deer, and mountain lion tracks. Numerous wildflowers and butterflies. The hike on the west part of the loop is where all of the elevation change is. Brutal leg burner with a heavy pack.

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Trail Information

Willamette National Forest
Nearby City
Willamette National Forest
Additional Use
McKenzie River Ranger District, Willamette National Forest; 541-822-3381,
Local Contacts
Mount Jefferson and Mount Washington Trails Illustrated Topographic Map by National Geographic ($11.95,
Local Maps