Clear Lake


5.5-mile loop
200 feet elevation gain
Open May to mid-November
Use: hikers, bicycles

Three thousand years ago lava flows from the High Cascades dammed the McKenzie River, creating a lake so clear, cold, and calm that ghostly tree snags are still visible under its 100-foot-deep waters. The stroll around Clear Lake offers lots of variety: huge springs, lava crossings, old-growth forests—even a rustic resort with a cafe.

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This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.  

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