The Waldo Lake Trail is part of the Oakridge (OR) Area Ride Center. Circling its namesake lake, the beauty of the High Cascade Mountains await those who ride this challenging loop at 5,500 feet. The trails take you past rocky coves, quiet beaches, meadows, campsites and several smaller lakes and ponds.
If you can stand the chilly water, a swim is highly recommended. Power boats aren't allowed on Waldo Lake, which is why it's so clean and clear. A forest fire burned the north shore of the lake in the summer of 1996, so be sure to check the progress as the forest fire begins to regenerate.
The Waldo Lake loop can be combined with other rides for an all-day adventure, including these trails: Betty Lake Trail, Gold Lake Trail, Charlton Lake Trail and Twins Trail, which tops out over the crest of the Cascade Mountains at 7,362 feet.
Season: June-October. Bring bug spray to fight off mosquitos.
Guided MTB Tours: Oregon Adventures