Top Adventures in Crescent

  • Fly Fish on Davis Lake

    About 50 miles southwest of Bend, Davis Lake is one of the major fishing destinations among the cluster of lakes in central Oregon. The lake was once known as a go-to spot for really big rainbow trout, but largemouth bass were illegally introduced...

  • Hiking and Fishing at Odell Lake

    This spot in central Oregon is a beautiful, natural lake where you can combine a nice hike with an afternoon of fishing. There are opportunities for multiple hikes surrounding the lake that are moderately challenging hikes and also remain scenic t...

    10 miles 65 ft gain

  • Winter Backpack to Diamond View Lake

    Diamond View Lake is relatively unknown compared to many of the other lakes in the Oregon Cascades, yet the views it delivers of Diamond Peak are top-notch. While it can also be done as a summer backpack, winter brings out the best aspects of the...

    9.8 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Ski or Snowshoe to Midnight Lake

    The trip to Midnight Lake is a great way to spend a winter day and explore an otherwise overlooked lake in the central Oregon Cascades. Although the lake does see winter visitors, it is often  empty and very few people bother to hike to the far en...

    6.2 miles 600 ft gain

  • Hike the Fall River Trail

    The Fall River Trail follows meanders through an old growth ponderosa pine forest along the banks of the Fall River. There are several pull-out parking spots along Forest Service Road 42 but probably the easiest is to start at the Fall River Campg...

    5.9 miles 101 ft gain

  • Hike to the Summit of Fuji Mountain

    Fuji Mountain has been known by mountain bikers for years, since it sits just off the circuit of popular biking routes around Waldo Lake and makes for a notoriously difficult climb on a bike. Word hasn't spread to the hiking community yet, despite...

    11 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Camp and Fish at Crane Prairie Reservoir

    Crane Prairie Reservoir is one of the top-producing rainbow trout fisheries in Central Oregon. The record rainbow to date weighed just over 19 pounds, so there is a good chance of catching some lunkers while visiting here.The lake is located on th...

  • Ski or Snowshoe to Fuji Shelter

    This is a great and relatively easy winter overnight trip for cross-country skiiers and snowshoers alike into the crest of the Oregon Cascades. The route offers tremendous views of Diamond Peak, Willamette Pass, and the western Oregon Cascades. W...

    8 miles 1400 ft gain

  • Kayak Camping at Waldo Lake

    Waldo Lake is at the top of most Oregon paddler’s lists for a late-summertime adventure. Not only is the lake perfectly set up for days of exploration, but the visibility of the water is staggering…and record setting. It’s been measured over 150 f...

  • Summit Diamond Peak

    At 8,743 feet, Diamond Peak is almost as tall as the other iconic volcanoes of the Oregon Cascades, but sees just a fraction of the people. Outside the range of casual Portland day hikes and hard to see from the highway and from other peaks, Diamo...

    9 miles 3600 ft gain

  • Paulina Falls Hike to Paulina Lake

    First take the short 1/4 mile hike down to the lower lookout. Get there early to beat the crowd and get unobstructed views. The Paulina Falls is an 80 ft. twin waterfall. It's gorgeous. After you see the falls from the lower lookout, you can walk ...

    0.6 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike up Paulina Peak

    Distance: 6 miles, out-and-back (Can also be done as a 12 mile loop via Crater Rim Trail).  Starting at Paulina Lake, just past the Visitor Center lies a marked trailhead for Paulina Peak. The trail starts close to the road and winds through the f...

    6 miles 1800 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Crescent, Oregon

      Crescent Creek Campground

      Overview Crescent Creek is a small campground that is somewhat isolated from other campgrounds in the area. It is relatively quiet and offers visitors the opportunity to experience the beauty and ...

    • Crescent, Oregon

      Crescent Lake Guard Station

      Overview The Crescent Lake Guard Station, built in the early 1930s, is a one bedroom, one bath cabin on the eastern shore of Crescent Lake, managed by the Crescent Ranger District, Deschutes Nation...

    • Crescent, Oregon

      Crescent Lake Campground

      Overview Crescent Lake Campground is located on a hill overlooking beautiful Crescent Lake in Deschutes National Forest. It offers visitors the opportunity to experience the beauty and recreational...

    • Crescent, Oregon

      Princess Creek Campground

      Overview Located next to Odell Lake, Princess Creek Campground is in the midst of sparkling lakes, tranquil streams and nearby scenic peaks that provide visitors with the perfect backdrop for fishi...

    • Crescent, Oregon

      Contorta Point Group Camp

      Overview Contorta Point Group Campground is located on the south shore of Crescent Lake in Deschutes National Forest. It offers visitors the opportunity to experience scenic beauty and recreational...

    • Crescent, Oregon

      Spring

      Overview Nestled in Deschutes National Forest, Spring Campground offers visitors some of the most stunning scenery in central Oregon and easy access to an abundance of recreational activities in ...

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