Backpack to the Matthieu Lakes

Lava Camp Lake Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Isaac Desautels

One night backpack with warm swimming holes and views of the Three Sisters, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington, and Tree Fingered Jack.

Begin your hike at the Lava Camp Lake Trailhead. The trail winds through a forest flush with hemlock and fir while opening up into black lava flows. Continue for a little over two miles until you reach North Matthieu Lake. This is your first stop. Go for a swim out to the little island and have a snack. Once you have gotten your fill, hike on until you reach the South Matthieu Lake. South Matthieu Lake is smaller, however it feels more open and North and Middle Sister loom in the distance. There are campsites located around the lake. Pick one and set up camp and go for another swim because this lake is much warmer. Prepare yourself some food and hike out on the PCT to get an amazing sunset view and watch the sun melt away behind Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington, and Three Fingered Jack.

Distance

6 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

800 ft Gain

Type

Loop

Activities

Camping, Swimming, Backpacking, Hiking

Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Swimming Hole

Nearby Lodging

From $120/night

LOGE Bend

Bend, Oregon

Redmond / Central Oregon KOA

2435 Southwest Jericho Lane

Lemolo Lake / Crater Lake North KOA

Douglas County, Oregon

Albany / Corvallis KOA

Albany, Oregon

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Not The Best Directions

After turning off the 242 the sign to the trailhead says PCT trailheads to the right. After on the trail there is a left or right turn on the PCT 2000. Turn left!!! We turned right into the lava flow (following the vague directions of outbound). Probably should have looked up more detailed directions. We never found the lakes... maybe next time!

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