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A hike to Suttle Lake with Bend Parks and Recreation

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Copyright© 2004 by Robert Speik. All Rights Reserved.


We started this hike at the Trail Head just off Highway 97 at the Camp Sherman Junction. We had planned to hike the Three Pyramids (4.2 miles round trip but 1,800 feet of gain and loss) but it was raining pretty hard on the Santiam Pass. We dodged the rain by going lower and through an interesting forest for about ten miles round trip with about 410 feet of elevation gain and loss. We hiked at 2.8 mph moving average. We were moving for 3:18 and stopped for 1:05 including lunch on the deck at the Suttle Lake Resort. See BOW at Suttle Lake.

This nice trail is a mountain bike shared use single track trail through the forest north of Sisters. It is called the Suttle Lake Tie Trail. I am not sure why. This forest has been very well managed by the Sisters Ranger District through many years. The last couple of miles of the trail wind through a burn area that has been left in a mosaic of burned and spared old growth and young growth Ponderosa pines. Note how trees just a few feet from fallen giants were completely spared. Another interesting feature is the very old canal that was dug by local folks after the turn of the century. It never carried water, I understand. I will try to find out more and revisit this page in the near future.





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