Map includes: Bobby Lake Trail 3663, Douglas Horse Pasture Trail 4382, Gold Lake Trail 3677, Maiden Lake Trail 41, Maiden Peak Trail 3681, Metolius-Windigo Trail 99 and Moore Creek Trail 3840 Mountain Biking and Hiking Trails.
Similar to the Charlton to Lemish loop, this is an epic 31mi, ~7hr tour of lakes. To get most of the ascent out of the way at the beginning of the ride, the best route is CW from the Maiden Lake TH. The FR400 Moore Creek TH could also be used, or just start from Gold Lake CG and be ready for a mid-ride ascent to Maiden Lake.
An alternative to the excessively steep Maiden Peak Tr3681 grind is to ride Douglas Horse Pasture Tr4382 to the Pacific Crest Tr2000, then hike-a-bike .4mi (downhill) around North Rosary Lake to Maiden Lake Tr41.
Note: As of 2014, Metolius Windigo is impassible as it approaches Davis Lake, due to treefall. The forest roads shown are the fastest route back to the Maiden Lake TH.
TH: Ascend Maiden Lake Tr41 through old noble fir/mountain hemlock open forest, with some benched lava terrain. The ascent becomes more challening as the trail approaches the Maiden Peak intersection.
2.5mi: Bear left at the Maiden Peak intersection and descend to Maiden Lake. Note: Maiden Peak Tr3681 is hike-a-bike to the summit and then down to the Maiden Lake Tr41 intersection, more suitable as a hiking trail.
5.6mi: Go right onto the PCT Tr2000-E, over to the Skyline intersection. Bear left at the 4-way Skyline (Douglas Horse Pasture) intersection, as the PCT continues northward.
6mi: Moderate ascent for .5mi, then descend past the ski slope and on to the Maiden Peak Tr3681 intersection.
8.5mi: Go left at the Maiden Peak Tr3681 intersection and continue the rapid descent to the Gold Lake CG.
10.4mi: Go right onto FR500 and ride through the CG to Gold Lake Tr3677, then grind through the steady ascent to Bobby Lake Tr3663.
14.6mi: Go right onto Bobby Lake Tr3663 and enjoy a moderate descent to the PCT at 16.3mi. Go left (north) briefly, to Moore Creek Tr3840 then descend to Bobby Lake, Poverty Meadows and on to the Metolius-Windigo Tr99 South intersection.
21.3mi: Bear right onto Metolius-Windigo Tr99 and ride 1 mile to the 4 way intersection at the ridge (Metolius-Windigo Tr99 continues for another half of a mile before being obscured by an impassible forest of downed trees). Go right at the 4-way intersection, down to a small creek and up the hile to FR160. Go left and continue to FR4662, then go right for a mile to FR4664. Go left for 3 miles to the Maiden Lake TH road and back to the parking area.
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