As I recall, the loop is roughly 7.5 miles. The "trail" on the north side of Paulina Creek is unmarked, but easy enough to follow. There's a noticeable trough which is the trail, that can be seen much of the way, but since you're following Paulina Creek, use that as your landmark. There is a bridge west of 10-mile Sno-Park that you have to cross to return to your vehicle.
I would not define Three Creek Lake Yurts near Mt Bachelor unless you're a crow.
Did I miss the importance of carrying and/or using a leash? Not one of the useless flex-leads, but your basic 6ft lead. Of the essentials, poop bags and water, a leash is easily right there at the top with them.
Please skip Jefferson Park ...an area that is over-loved, so dogs aren't appreciated.
"The sensitive meadows and fragile vegetation of Jefferson Park’s subalpine ecosystem take decades of recovery once damaged. With the popularity of Jefferson Park, please help protect this area and preserve the experience for you and for future visitors. ''Leave No Trace'' techniques are encouraged, including properly disposing of human and pet waste and carrying out all trash."
In addition, not as close to Bend as you imply!
Swampy shelter has been dismantled and a new shelter has been built nearby on new trail.
Valerie Egan referred to a couple images that are not readily accessible. Occasionally, ranger led walks are available to some of the rarer locations in the park. These images were taken on one of those ranger guided walks.
My goodness ...have you forgotten the Owyhee in SE Oregon? Second most remote river in the "lower 48".
One of the most important pieces of equipment to bring is a leash. Every dog, given the right distraction, is capable of making poor choices. As a courtesy to other hikers, with or without dogs, we leash-up when we pass on the trail. I so appreciate it when other hikers do the same. Not all people, or dogs, are comfortable with unfamiliar dogs they encounter.
In addition, we've started using the OllyDog OllyBottle (available at REI) for water, and it's worked well for us.
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