Waldo Lake Trail

Willamette National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain4,659ft
Trailhead Elevation5,435ft
Elevation Min/Max5409/5752ft
Elevation Start/End5435/5435ft

Waldo Lake Trail

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.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Canoe & Kayak Routes of Northwest Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Philip N. Jones
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"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."

Waldo Lake Trail Trip Reports

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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.
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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.

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Trail Information

Willamette National Forest
Nearby City
Willamette National Forest
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Willamette National Forest, Middle Fork Ranger District
Local Contacts
District map of the Oakridge Ranger District, USGS Waldo Lake and Waldo Mountain
Local Maps

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