Waldo Lake Trail

Willamette National Forest, Oregon

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Waldo Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Lane County, Oregon. It is within Willamette National Forest and Waldo Lake Wilderness Area. It is 19.0 miles long and begins at 5,435 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 38.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,659 feet. Along the trail there are waters.
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Waldo Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Lane County, Oregon. It is within Willamette National Forest and Waldo Lake Wilderness Area. It is 19.0 miles long and begins at 5,435 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 38.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,659 feet. Along the trail there are waters. This trail connects with the following: Shore Line Trail.
Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Snowshoeing, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Willamette National Forest
Distance: 19.0
Elevation Loss: 4,659 feet
Elevation Gain: 4,659 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 5,435 feet
Top Elevation: 5,752 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Waldo Lake Trail
Parks: Willamette National Forest
Elevation Min/Max: 5409/5752 ft
Elevation Start/End: 5435/5435 ft
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Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon

Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon

A huge, high mountain lake in a near-wilderness setting, Waldo Lake is unique. One of the largest, highest, deepest, and clearest lakes in the Northwest, Waldo Lake has no significant inlet streams. Instead, it is fed by precipitation and by underground springs whose naturally filtered water results in a crystal-clear, nearly sterile lake.

Due to the small volume of water that enters the lake each year, water is retained for an average of thirty-two years before it flows through the lake’s outlet. Due to the lack of nutrients, the lake supports few fish, and only two species of plants (both mosses) can be found on the lake’s floor.

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Mountain Bike! Oregon

Mountain Bike! Oregon

The trails take you past rocky coves, quiet beaches, meadows, campsites, and several smaller lakes and ponds. The trip starts with two easy miles along the lakeshore. Then the trail becomes more demanding, with protruding tree roots, boulders, loose gravel, and sandy conditions. Stay off the trail when it is wet. Waldo Lake is about 75 miles southeast of Eugene.

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Snowshoe Routes: Oregon

Snowshoe Routes: Oregon

This wintertime classic gets you in for a look at the second-largest freshwater lake in the state of Oregon. Waldo Lake is a local landmark known for its pure waters. In recent years, however, motorized boat activity has tarnished that second designation. Still, in the winter, Waldo Lake’s size makes it a stunning sight. This route to Waldo Lake could have earned an “easy” rating if it wasn’t for the distance.

Waldo Lake is a local landmark known for its pure waters. In recent years, however, motorized boat activity has tarnished that second designation. Still, in the winter, Waldo Lake’s size makes it a stunning sight. This route to Waldo Lake could have earned an “easy” rating if it wasn’t for the distance.
Waldo Lake was apparently named for Judge John B. Waldo, who was known as an aficionado of the surrounding area, especially the mountains.

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2010
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Spectacular. Even with the nasty mosquitos (and they are nasty) it was a brilliant three day trip with the canoe. We put in at the southern ramp and camped on a rocky point on the northwest end of the lake (across from the Islet campground in the guidebook map). The rocky point provided a breeze for mosquito-free days when we weren't swimming or paddling. At night, well, we pretty much had to hit the tent. When going over deep parts of the lake, the shades of blue were amazing. When going over shallower water, it felt like flying because the water was so clear. Just an outstanding place.


8/5/2008
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Great ride around the lake watch out for the skeeters though they leave a huge bump when they bite, we went of the route and up to the sisters which was a great side option befroe heading back onto the lake loop - full write with more pics here : http://www.mtb-hol.com/MTBUSA2007/Day_8.html



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