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Lemish & Charlton Lakes Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An excellent double lake lollypop loop in the Deschutes National Forest


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Map Key

24.7

Miles

39.7

KM

95%

Singletrack

5,893' 1,796 m

High

4,752' 1,448 m

Low

2,136' 651 m

Up

2,137' 651 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

This ride uses the Metolius-Windigo Trail, Charlton Trail & Clover Meadow Trail for an awesome forested ride through some beautiful scenery.

Need to Know

Check with COTA for downed tree clearance from winter storms

Description

These trails were a great ride. Though I rode CW, CCW may be the better direction.....or get crazy with a figure 8.

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!

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Shared By:

Markk Knowles

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  4.0 from 4 votes

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Another view of Charlton Lake
Aug 13, 2013 near Oakridge, OR
Smooth rolling forested trail
Aug 13, 2013 near Oakridge, OR
Lemish Lake
Aug 13, 2013 near Three R…, OR
Lemish Lake trailhead
Aug 14, 2013 near Three R…, OR
Round Meadow
Aug 13, 2013 near Oakridge, OR
Bottom of the short, steep, technical section
Aug 13, 2013 near Oakridge, OR

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Jul 28, 2018
Lunsford Aspen
Aug 18, 2017
Gabriel Amadeus
The Oregon Timber Trail Alliance cleared and brushes this route last weekend. It's running good now!