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Sawtooth Mountain + Indigo Lake Hike

Deschutes National Forest

Southern Oregon Cascades, Oregon

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Sawtooth Mountain + Indigo Lake Hike

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  • Trail sign for June Lake/Sawtooth Mountain junction.- Sawtooth Mountain + Indigo Lake Hike
  • Trail leading through the Willamette National Forest.- Sawtooth Mountain + Indigo Lake Hike
  • Sawtooth Mountain and Indigo Lake.- Sawtooth Mountain + Indigo Lake Hike
  • Trailhead for Indigo Extension Trail to Windy Pass Trail. - Sawtooth Mountain + Indigo Lake Hike
  • Sawtooth Mountain.- Sawtooth Mountain + Indigo Lake Hike
  • The trail is well marked through the junctions.- Sawtooth Mountain + Indigo Lake Hike
  • Trail leading up to Sawtooth Mountain.- Sawtooth Mountain + Indigo Lake Hike
  • A pillar with the summit of Sawtooth Mountain in the background.- Sawtooth Mountain + Indigo Lake Hike
  • The last little scramble up to the summit of Sawtooth Mountain.- Sawtooth Mountain + Indigo Lake Hike
  • Enjoying the view from the summit of Sawtooth Mountain with Diamond Peak, Summit Lake, and Timpanogas Lake. - Sawtooth Mountain + Indigo Lake Hike
  • View of Cowhorn Mountain from the summit of Sawtooth Mountain.- Sawtooth Mountain + Indigo Lake Hike
  • View from the summit of Sawtooth Mountain. - Sawtooth Mountain + Indigo Lake Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Amazing views. Non-technical climb.
Cons: 
Mosquitoes.
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Region:
Southern Oregon Cascades, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
NW Forest Pass
Total Distance: 
10.10 mi (16.25 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
5,390 ft (1,643 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
2,234 ft (681 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking, Biking
Trail type: 
There-and-back/Loop
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Clear throughout the day.
64°F
38°

Wed

Clear throughout the day.
71°F
49°

Thu

Partly cloudy overnight.
70°F
48°

Fri

Light rain starting in the afternoon.
55°F
40°

Sat

Light rain until afternoon, starting again in the evening.
40°F
34°

Sun

Light snow until afternoon, starting again in the evening.
41°F
32°

Mon

Light snow (< 1 in.) in the morning and evening.
40°F
31°
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Sawtooth Mountain in Oregon's Cascade Range is another great peak to hike for forested solitude and magnificent mountain views. On a clear day you can see a plethora of other peaks and lakes including Diamond Peak, Three Sisters, Mount Thielsen, Cowhorn Mountain, Summit Lake, Timpanogas Lake, Indigo Lake, June Lake, and Calamut Lake.

There are a few options to get to the summit, with both there-and-back trails and loop trails. One option is to hike from Timpanogas Campground in to Indigo Lake and take the Indigo Lake extension trail over the ridge, toward the Windy Pass junction. Follow the Windy Pass trail down through a small open meadow and then up the south side of the mountain. There are a few markers to direct you to the summit. The last section is a scramble up a steep scree field, but it doesn't require any climbing gear. After summiting you can head back the way you came or continue west on the loop toward June Lake and back to the parking area in Timpanogas Campground. Either way you will enjoy old-growth forests, beautiful lakes, alpine meadows, and stunning views. Indigo Lake is great place to rest and take a dip after a good hike. The cool, clear water is very refreshing.

Note that depending on the time of year there may be snow covering the path. Also, during the summer the mosquitoes can be horrendous, so plan your adventure and pack accordingly.

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