“The High Cascades--camping, boating, fishing AND mountain biking--what could be better?
— Bob Gardner
Close enough to Eugene, Oakridge or Bend for a day trip, you'll want to bring a tent and sleeping bags and camp for a night or two. This ride is just a brief example of some of the singletrack available in the Oregon Cascades Recreation Area that stretches between Crescent Lake and the Pacific Crest.
Need to Know
Forest Service road NF-6010 (NF-398 on Google Maps) between Summit Lake and Crescent Lake is recommended for high-clearance vehicles only and may require 4WD when muddy. Summit Lake is usually accessible to passenger cars from Oakridge via NF-21 and 2154 (41 miles). Check with Forest Service for road conditions.
From the Summit Lake campground this ride starts on the dirt road NF-6010 heading east towards Crescent Lake rounding Summit Lake to your right. After a couple of miles of jeep ruts and rocks, watch for the Meek Lake Trail sign on the right at about 2.7 miles. Head south crossing Summit Creek and Meek Lake in a short distance.
After enjoying the view, continue south as the trail winds it way up through the forest, past small ponds. This section had a few obstacles like downed trees and small gullies. The trail joins the Summit Lake Trail
at yet another pond. Turning right (northwest). Following the Summit Lake Trail
provides smooth, gradual downhill singletrack all the way to the lake and junction with NF-6010. Hang a left and the road brings you right back to the campground.