High Cascade: Metolius-Windigo Tr99 and Edison-Lava Tr31

3D view of High Cascade Trail #99 and #31

Overall: 7

Aerobic: 8

Technical: 6

Steepness: 8

Flow: 8

Singletrack: 100%

The High Cascade Mount Bachelor loop consists of wide snowmobile singletrack, some doubletrack, Edison-Lava Tr31 and Metolius-Windigo Tr99.

Type

Loop

Length

Avg: 30mi

Ascent

Intense

Elevation Change

TH:4400'
Avg Ascent:4800'

Ascent Incline

6%

Duration

Avg: 7hr

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This route has sometimes been used as Loop 1 of the High Cascades Wild 100 race.

The other High Cascades 100 loops are covered on the Swampy Lake Tr23 and COD Tr71 pages.

As with the Edison-Lava Tr31 ride, the best ride profile occurs when the loop is best started from the Lava Lake campground.

Starting the CCW loop from the Lava Lake campground gets the big Kwolh Butte-Tot Mountain saddle ascent over in the first 7mi.

This is followed by the Dutchman Creek ascent, a moderate 3mi, 800' climb to the Dutchman Flat TH area, then 15 miles of downhill back to Lava Lake. Epic stuff.

 

Metolius-Windigo Tr99 - Quinn Creek Tr1 Loli

Starting from the Lava Lake TH, and sometimes approached from Sparks Lk Tr4, a 17mi (1600' ascent) Metolius-Windigo Tr99 - Quinn Creek Tr1 lollipop provides the best ride profile when started from the Lava Lake TH.

  • TH: Ride the sometimes technical, rooty trail along the east side of Lava Lake, followed by a 300' ascent (near Red Crater) which peaks at 2.9mi. The terrain is flat and fast alongside Hosmer lake, with a brief 150' ascent to the Quinn Creek Tr1 intersection on the left at 5.1mi. Cross a creek at 5.8mi then ascend 330' to the Appaloosa Tr13.2 intersection.
  • 7.2mi: At the ride summit, go left on Appaloosa Tr13.2. After 1mi of slow descent, at 8.2mi the trail quickly descends 300' to the Katsuk Pond Tr13 intersection at Quinn Spring Meadows.
  • 8.9mi: At Quinn Spring Meadows, go left onto Katsuk Pond Tr13 and ride around the meadows to FR450, then go left to Quinn Creek Tr1.
  • 9.8mi: Quinn Creek Tr1 runs out the end of the parking area at the Quinn Creek CGView of the Quinn Creek Campground TH
    View of the Quinn Creek Campground TH
    , alongside Quinn Creek at the base of Moolack Butte. Ride along the creek, with a brief climb as the trail runs along the northern end of Hosmer Lake.
  • 12mi: Go right at the Metolius-Windigo Tr99 intersection and enjoy the 5mi downhill back to the Lava Lake campground.

 

Directions: See Map. Ride from the Lava Lake CG. View Larger Map. No Map?.

High Cascade Loop Trails Topo Map

Loop Directions

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High Cascade Area Topo Map

  • TH: From the Lava Lake CGView of the Lava Lake Campground TH
    View of the Lava Lake Campground TH
    parking area, right the doubletrack to the north side of Little Lava Lake, through the Metolius-Windigo Tr99 intersection and around the north side of the lake. Cross several doubletracks and begin the Sheridan Mountain ascent.
  • 4.6mi: Go left onto Snowmobile #4 Tr8004 and ascend to the north flank of Kwolh Butte, reaching the ride summit at 7.2mi then descending to the Snowmobile #40 Tr8004.3 intersection at FR45.
  • 12.7mi: At FR45, go left on Snowmobile #40 Tr8004.3 and ascend Dutchman Creek alongside Century Hwy, cresting at 15.6mi then passing the Dutchman Flat THView of the Mount Bachelor Dutchman Flat TH
    View of the Mount Bachelor Dutchman Flat TH
    at 16.5mi. Some pathfinding may be needed to get through the maze of XC Ski trails on the NW side of Mt Bachelor, over to the Metolius-Windigo Tr99 intersection.
  • 19.3mi: Go left on Metolius-Windigo Tr99 and descend the western flank of Mt Bachelor, passing the Sparks Lake Tr4 intersection on the right at 22mi, then passing Sparks Lake. Pass the Appaloosa Tr13.2 intersection on the right at 22.9mi and the Quinn Creek Tr1 intersection on the right at 24.9mi, then ride by Hosmer Lake and Red Crater before the final descent to the east side of Lava Lake and back to the TH.

 

 

Trail Index

This Ride

Edison-Lava Trail 31, Metolius-Windigo Trail 99, Snomo #4 Tr8004, Snomo #40 Tr8004.3

Hiking

Broken Top Trail 10, Elk-Devils Trail 12, Elk Lake Trail 37, Green Lakes Trail 17, Mount Bachelor Trail, South Sister Climbing Trail 36, Todd Trail 34, Tumalo Mountain Trail 38

Campgrounds

Beach Campground, Devils Lake Campground, Elk Lake Campground, Lava Lake Campground, Mallard Marsh Campground, Sparks Lake Campground

 

Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge

 

 

 

 

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