Suttle Lake Loop

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Suttle Lake Loop


  • Lake Creek outlet at the northeast end of the lake.- Suttle Lake Loop
  • View across the lake from the south shore.- Suttle Lake Loop
  • One of many recreation areas on the south shore.- Suttle Lake Loop
  • Ponderoa pines tower over the Suttle Lake Trail.- Suttle Lake Loop
  • View across the lake from the southwest shore looking toward the lodge in the northeast.- Suttle Lake Loop
  • Mount Washington as seen from the north shore.- Suttle Lake Loop
  • Black Butte rising to the east as seen from the north shore.- Suttle Lake Loop
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  • Wood carving on the front door of the lodge.- Suttle Lake Loop
  • Looking southwest near sunset from the back of the lodge property.- Suttle Lake Loop
Overview + Weather
Lots of picnic and recreation space. Family friendly. Views of Mount Washington and Black Butte. Nearby camping and lodging.
Potentially crowded. North side of the lake is close to Highway 20.
Central Oregon, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
20.00 ft (6.10 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
3.90 mi (6.28 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,350.00 ft (1,021.08 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Suttle Lake can function on multiple levels for an outdoor adventure. It's a good casual afternoon destination or a day trip, but the area also has adequate lodging and camping facilities. The loop around the lake can be accessed from multiple points, is hiking, biking, and dog friendly, and has virtually no grade, providing outdoor enjoyment for a variety of people. A lodge and cabins are open seasonally at the east end of the lake. There is also substantial day use and recreation space at various locations along the south shore. Boating is allowed on the west end of lake, and depending on the weather, the lake can serve as a kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and swimming destination as well.  

Although the north shore portion of the trail has some road noise due to its close proximity to US-20, it also has some really great viewpoints of Mount Washington and Black Butte. The latter comes into view at the far west end of the lake and only disappears near the lodge. Mount Washington can be seen from portions of the north shore, but it is obscured at both the far east and west ends of the lake. Note that some sources report that this hike is up to 6 miles long; it is far closer to 4 miles long.

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