High Lake

  • Easy (to High Lake)
  • 2.6 miles round trip
  • 540 feet elevation loss
  • Open late July through October
  • Use: hikers, horses

  • Difficult (to Slide Lake)
  • 9.4 miles round trip
  • 2250 feet elevation gain
  • Open August through October

It’s hard to imagine a better place for a first backpacking trip with kids than High Lake. An easy, 1.3-mile path leads past wildflowers and woods to a picturesque lake swarming with small trout. Both High Lake and its neighbor, Slide Lake, are set in giant rock-walled bowls carved into the crest of the Strawberry Range by Ice Age glaciers. The glaciers are gone, but snow lingers until late summer in the scenic pass between the two lakes.

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This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon.