Hike 5 – Six Lakes Trail

Posted by on Sep 8, 2012 in Blog, The Hikes | 0 comments

Hike 5 – Six Lakes Trail

I arrived at the Six Lakes Trailhead with my friend, Caitlin, not knowing what to expect on this 7-mile hike. All I know about this hike is what I saw on my Central Oregon Hiking-Trail Map. It wasn’t too far into the hike that I turned to Caitlin and exclaimed, “I love this trail!” It ended up being the easiest seven miles I’ve hiked in a long time, and Caitlin agreed.

The relatively-flat trail, running from the trailhead up to the junction with Senoj Lakes trail junction, assumingly passes six lakes, but other than the big and beautiful Blow Lake and Doris Lake, the others must be either seasonal or hidden behind the cover of trees. We did, however, find a few meadows that were shown as lakes on my GPS, so I imagine that if I returned here in the late spring/early summer (which I definitely will), I’ll find these meadows have transformed into small lakes.

Please see the photos below for more on this wonderful hike in the Three Sisters Wilderness.

Resources:

  1. Six Lakes Trail – USDA Forest Service
  2. Wildernet.com – Six Lakes Trail

Trip Stats:

  • Date of hike: September 8, 2012
  • Location: Three Sisters Wilderness, Oregon
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Length: 7.2 miles

This map was made with the data my GPS captured on the hike.
For a more detailed trip report map, check this out.

Photos:

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Caitlin takes the lead up the trail. The first mile or so is though an old burn area, just as you enter the Three Sisters Wilderness


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Even so late in the season, there's still wildflowers in bloom here, like this hardhack.


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Caitlin helps put the finishing touches on Number Five, a temporary art installation near the trail.


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Blow Lake is paradise! So peaceful and attracts many birds and other wildlife.


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The forest between Blow Lake and Doris Lake was enchanted and really made my day. It's one of those forests that makes you happy to be alive.


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Leafless Wintergreen (Pyrola aphylla)


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Doris Lake


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Sharp-eyed Caitlin found these tiny tracks on the shoreline of Doris Lake. Possibly tracks of a chipmunk.


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A gutsy hiker gets ready to jump into Doris Lake as her husband and child look on. I didn't ask her how cold the water was, but she seemed to enjoy it.


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Another beautiful section of trail. Heck, most of it looked like this!


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Anyone want to take a guess on this? I'm thinking either carpenter bee or long horned beetle.


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This is one of the 'lakes' on the trail. It looks like a meadow here but my map calls it a lake. I'm guessing that whomever named this trail 'Six Lakes' came here in the early Spring, when this meadow most likely looked like a lake.