Hike around Clear Lake

Oregon Clear Lake Resort

Added by Hillary Murphy

This little known spot provides hiking trails, row boats, and even cabins to stay the night in. It's one of the best lakes to visit in Oregon!

Once you arrive at Clear Lake, I suggest to start the relatively flat hike around the lake. You'll walk through a beautiful forest with peek-a-boo views of the stunning lake. The hike around the full lake may take a few hours, so if you're not staying the night, make sure you have enough time to rent a row boat and row around the lake. If you are staying the night in one of the cabins or camp, enjoy all of the wonderful views and take your time around the lake. You will even get to hike over old lava beds, which is really cool to experience.

After hiking, or if you don't want to hike, rent a row boat. This is the highlight of the trip! You could also bring your own kayaks or canoes if you have them. The water at clear lake more than lives up to its name. Walk out on the dock and take a look at the water - its bound to be unlike anything you've ever seen before. The lake is primarily fed by snow runoff from nearby Mount Washington and the surrounding areas. The runoff filters through underground caverns for more than 20 years before emptying into Clear Lake, creating the clarity that you will see.

Enjoy the lake and watch the sunset! Pack something to eat and some good beverages to truly maximize your experience on the lake. Take your time and enjoy!

FYI the lake is near freezing temperatures all year, so don't even think about swimming in it.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Food
  • Sandals or Hiking Shoes
  • Money to rent a cabin or row boat - Cabins run ~ $70 a night, Row Boats $35 (you can reserve a cabin online)
  • Kayaks or Canoes (optional)
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Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography

Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



4 Miles



Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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20 days ago

Lovely area

Great pictures. We stayed here at the Cold Water Cove Campground. We enjoyed hiking around the lake and to the nearby waterfalls. Epic moutain biking on the McKenzie River Trail. We also stand up paddleboard the lake. After an active week we hit the Belknap Springs for some soaking in their hot spring fed pools. Bliss.

20 days ago

2 months ago

Nice spot to relax

I stopped here after exploring the nearby falls. The lake is calm and peaceful and there were several people out on the water in their kayaks and canoes. I wish I would have had more time to join them! I took a little time to wander the shores and marvel at the clear blue water. You could easily spend the entire day here!

2 months ago

Added by Hillary Murphy

Artist, photographer and adventure enthusiast

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