Lemish & Charlton Lakes Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,136' 651 m
Descent: -2,137' -651 m
High: 5,893' 1,796 m
Low: 4,752' 1,448 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
Current trail conditions
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“An excellent double lake lollypop loop in the Deschutes National Forest”— Markk Knowles
I parked at Little Cultus lake and rode south on a slight climb past the camps to the trailhead on smooth dirt forest road.
Once on the singletrack, the trail is flowing and mostly level until you reach Clover Meadow Trail. Ride Clover Meadow up and back, with the back being fun. Rejoin the Metolius-Windigo Trail heading southwest for 5 miles to Charlton Lake. Along the way you'll ride very nice flowing terrain with occasional rocky sections.
The ride has a couple of very short advanced sections that are easily walk-able and one small meadow that holds a secret just under its soft pedaled plant life. As you rip down an enjoyable winding trail the trees open up to a small low clearing with bowling ball sized lava chunks hiding just below the greenery. It would be wise to be looking for this and slowing down. Other than that there are really no surprises, just good ol' MTBing fun.
I will ride this again next year when I return!
Local Club: Greater Oakridge Area Trail Stewards
Land Manager: USFS - Deschutes National Forest Office