Timpanogas + Indigo + June Lake Trails

Southern Oregon Cascades, Oregon

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Timpanogas + Indigo + June Lake Trails

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  • Indigo Lake offers a spectacular vista of Sawtooth Mountain (7,301').- Timpanogas + Indigo + June Lake Trails
  • Sawtooth Mountain (7,301') is visible above a wet meadow on the way in to Indigo Lake.- Timpanogas + Indigo + June Lake Trails
  • Indigo Lake Trail is wide and smooth.- Timpanogas + Indigo + June Lake Trails
  • - Timpanogas + Indigo + June Lake Trails
  • Unimproved campsite at June Lake.- Timpanogas + Indigo + June Lake Trails
  • June Lake.- Timpanogas + Indigo + June Lake Trails
  • The alpine forest along the June Lake Trail has sparse underbrush and copious amounts of Spanish moss.- Timpanogas + Indigo + June Lake Trails
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Pros: 
Scenic lakes. Fun descents.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Southern Oregon Cascades, OR
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,100.00 ft (335.28 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Biking
Horseback
Trail difficulty: 
Blue
Total Distance: 
8.30 mi (13.36 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,281.00 ft (1,609.65 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Timpanogas Lake, the source of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, sits just to the west of the Pacific crest. The semi-circular ridge surrounding it divides three of Oregon's major watersheds: the Willamette, the Deschutes, and the Umpqua. Nestled just above Timpanogas to the east and south are Indigo and June Lakes. You'll find car camping at Timpanogas Lake and unimproved hike-in sites at Indigo and June.

All three lakes are linked by trails that offer a great afternoon of riding. Each of the three trails on this ride have their own unique characteristics. If you are camping in the area, this ride makes a great warm up for the much more challenging Windy Pass, which encircles the basin containing these lakes on a high ridge before descending down the southwestern flank of Sawtooth Mountain.

Timpanogas Lake Trail

This is the shortest, flattest and most technical of the three. The trail circles the lake, providing shoreline access nearly all the way around. The tread is narrow and there are long, rooted sections.

Indigo Lake Trail

Indigo Lake is the most scenic of the three lakes on this ride. The eastern end sits under the cliffs and scree fields of Sawtooth Mountain. There are many opportunities for backcountry camping around Indigo Lake. The trail is like a dirt sidewalk: smooth and very wide. The climb up to Indigo lake is relatively short, but it offers little relief. The wide trail makes for a fast downhill on the way back.

June Lake Trial

June Lake Trail is classic national forest singletrack: narrow, mostly smooth, with a mix of short climbs and descents. Keep an eye out for a view through the trees of the upper valley of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. June Lake itself is surrounded by dense alpine forest. There is some unimproved camping and a nice beach. This lake gets great afternoon and evening sun.

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