Crescent to Windy Lake: Summit Lake Tr3846

3D view of Crescent to Windy Lake Trail #46

Overall: 6

Aerobic: 5

Technical: 5

Steepness: 4

Flow: 7

Singletrack: 100%

The Crescent to Windy Lake ride is a figure eight or CCW loop ride starting from Crescent Lake, using Oldenburg Lake Tr3845, Summit Lake Tr3846, FR6010, Meek Lake Tr3847 and Windy Lakes Tr3850.

Type

Loop

Length

Avg: 23mi

Ascent

Moderate

Elevation Change

TH:4900'
Avg Ascent:2900'

Ascent Incline

4%

Duration

Avg: 4hr

Weather
Forecast

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With many lakes and nearby Diamond Peak, this is a scenic ride, long enough to challenge intermediate riders.

Although a CCW loop can be ridden, using FR6010, Summit Lake Tr3846 and Oldenburg Lake Tr3845, the figure eight loop creates a more interesting ride.

There is enough singletrack for this to be a destination ride, but those seeking something more challenging in the area might check out Charlton Lk Tr19, Waldo Lk Tr3590 or Windy Pass Tr3643.

Oldenburg Lake Tr3845 is a section of Metolius-Windigo Tr99. Metolius-Windigo Tr99 terminates just south of the Crescent Lake area, at Windigo Lakes.

Mosquitoes are ferocious in this area until August. Feel free to try the natural repellents, and avoid drinking carbonated drinks prior to riding, but Deet 100 may be the only protection from 'the swarm'.

Directions: Go to the Crescent Lake Spring CG. View Larger Map. No Map?.

Crescent to Windy Lake: Oldenburg Lake, Summit Lake, Meek Lake, Windy Lakes Topo Map

Loop Directions

many lakes

Crescent Lake Area Topo Map

  • TH: From the TH, cross FR60 and ride the connector trail to Oldenburg Lake Tr3845 (a section of Metolius-Windigo Tr99). Go left and gently ascend past Pinewan Lake, Bingham Lakes and Bingham Meadow, to Oldenburg Lake.
  • 4.6mi: At the south end of Oldenburg Lake, go right onto Summit Lake Tr3846, a moderate traverse of the north side of Cowhorn mountain. The trail levels off at 7.2mi, passing Darlene lake, then Suzanne lake, followed by an ascent to the ride summit, just prior to reaching Windy Lakes Tr3850.
  • 8.8mi: Merge left onto Windy Lakes Tr3850, then go right to continue on Summit Lake Tr3846. Descend past Windy Lakes, then descend more steeply, to Summit Lake.
  • 14mi: At Summit Lake, go right onto FR6010, then descend to the Meek Lake Tr3847 intersection at 15.4mi. Go right, cross Summit Creek, pass Meek Lake, then ascend to the Summit Lake Tr3846 intersection.
  • 17.8mi: Go left onto Summit Lake Tr3846 and climb to the Windy Lakes Tr3850 intersection.
  • 19.3mi: Go left onto Windy Lakes Tr3850 and enjoy a fast descent alongside Cowhorn Creek, back to the TH.

 

 

Diamond Peak Wilderness and Odell Lake Area Hiking

Whitefish Creek Trail 3842 begins at west end of Crescent Lake and follows Whitefish Creek through lodgepole pine to a view of Diamond Peak at Diamond View Lake, then descends along Trapper Creek through Engelmann spruce and white fir to the west end of Odell Lake.

Yoran Lake Trail 3849 begins at west end of Odell Lake and ends at Yoran Lake, gradually ascending through a forest of Engelmann spruce, silver fir and noble fir. At 1mi the trail passes through a wet meadow then continues to a mountain hemlock/white fir forest with small openings near the lakes.

Wilderness Permits are required for both day-use and overnight travel in the Wilderness from Memorial Day Weekend until Oct 31, and are available at the trailhead.

The Odell Lake area has some XC Ski trails, including Maklaks Mountain XC Trail 83811 and the Royce Mountain doubletrack. Also check out the Sno Parks near South Waldo Lake.

Trail Index

This Ride

Meek Lake Trail 3847, Metolius-Windigo Trail 99, Oldenburg Lake Trail 3845, Summit Lake Trail 46, Windy Lakes Trail 3850

Diamond Peak Wilderness Hiking

Crater Butte Trail 44, Fawn Lake Trail 3844.1, Pretty Lake Trail 3848, Snell Lake Trail 3843, Stag Lake Trail 3844.2, Whitefish Creek Trail 3842, Yoran Lake Trail 3849

Campgrounds

Contorta Point Campground, Odell Lake Campground, Simax Bay Campground, Spring Campground, Summit Lake Campground, Tranquil Cove Campground, Whitefish Horse Camp

 

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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