Laura and I are in Bend, OR, on the current leg of our short road trip. We know our surrounding area, aside from my knowledge obtained from hourlong obsession sessions with summitpost.org. Therefore, today was a bit of a gamble/shot in the dark, but it paid off well.
We departed down the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway from Bend with the intention of driving towards the Three Sisters and Mount Bachelor. We passed by the Mount Bachelor ski areas and saw a turnoff for “Todd Lake”… and we figured…why not?
We drove a quarter mile down a gravelly road and ended up at a parking lot. Immediately upon exiting the car, we could hear rushing water coming from close to us. Being unprepared for a longer hike, we had no water, but we had a couple bottles and a filter…so we filtered. Duh. We walked up the wide dirt path for about 500 feet and came to a three way fork. The right fork seemed to go up a ridge (a must do in the future, I am thinking). We decided to take the center trail which would lead around the lake and back via the left trail.
Upon walking another 100′, we could see one of the most beautiful sights ever: A very large lake, surrounded by parts of meadows, and saddled beneath South Sister and Broken Top. The water was crystal clear with very little algae or growth. Laura had the camera and literally took hundreds of pictures.
We followed the easy, wide trail around the entire lake. The trail itself is very flat and easy to follow. The meadow about a mile and a half in had some soggy parts but was overall easy to navigate and trek through. We actually did it in flip flops (Laura) and Teva’s (me).
To describe it anymore in words would be a disservice. Look at the pictures below and enjoy!
GPS Log: coming soon!
Time: 1:40 (we took our time)
Distance: 2.3 miles r/t
Elevation: minimal gain, its all above 6000′ though
Water consumed: minimal amount
Weather: light breeze, 65 and sunny
Getting there: take Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway west from Bend for 25 minutes, past Mt. Bachelor. Turn right onto the signed Todd Lake parking area. Park at the lot and display your Northwest Adventure Pass thing, America The Beautiful Pass, or pay $5 into the day use permit box.