Fawn Lake

Fawn Lake from Redtop in winter

  • Moderate
  • 7.3-mile loop
  • 1000 feet elevation gain
  • Open late June through October
  • Use: hikers, horses

An oasis in the dry lodgepole pine forests blanketing the High Cascades’ eastern slope, Fawn Lake is one of the most popular destinations in the Diamond Peak Wilderness. Alas, popularity has left many of the trails here beaten to dust. There is one exception: an unmaintained path via Pretty Lake. To make a loop, the suggested route climbs to Fawn Lake on the easy, well-graded trail from Crescent Lake and then returns on this quieter, more difficult path.

Turn off Willamette Highway . . .

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