Hike Distance: 8.7 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 984.1 miles
Elevation Gain: 950 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 128708 feet
Waldo Lake is one of the most spectacular lakes in the Central Oregon area. Its pristine clear waters is a haven for fish and many outdoor activities. Thankfully, no motors are allowed on this large lake, which eliminates the noise factor from the lack of boats. 🙂
We’ve hiked on the north side of Waldo Lake before, but this burn area had so many downed trees that it was miserable to hike. So, we decided to try the Waldo Lake trail once more with the goal of heading into the Wilderness.
To our delight, there were few people on the trail, and the solitude was intoxicating. We were so thankful that the mosquitoes were non-existent in this area. At the end of the hike the mosquitoes were plentiful when under the tree canopy, but the hike was almost over anyway. What was also nice to see was how well the vegatation and trees were recovering from the burn! That said, there was really no escaping the sun while in the Wilderness. The lack of tree cover also gave us amazing views of Waldo Lake, and also the ponds and smaller lakes along the trail. 🙂
The flowers were also blooming in profusion. We saw Paintbrush, plenty of Bear Grass and a huge amount of the pink Rhododendron flowers. 🙂
While looking south at Waldo Lake we were rewarded with the snow capped Diamond Peak! I’ll never get tired of this beauty and definitely plan on going back. The cool weather also helped us from overheating. A very special day!