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Patjens Lakes

Big Lake and Mt. Washington

6-mile loop
400 feet elevation gain
Open late June through October
Use: hikers, horses

Hidden in the high lodgepole pine forests south of Santiam Pass, these small lakes reflect rugged, spire-topped Mt. Washington. The easy loop trail here also passes a remote beach of Big Lake, where you can wash off the trail dust with a refreshing swim. Mosquitoes are a problem the first half of July.

To find the trailhead, drive ...