Summary: Whether your camping at Suttle Lake or just passing through to Sisters or Bend, this walk is worth a small diversion. A well maintained trail takes you around the lake at waters edge the whole way. Start at the day use area or a campsite if you're camping. You will meet bikers and hikes, campers and fishermen, and you'll walk past three campsites and through a day use area. Views include Mt. Washinton to the SW and Black Butte to the SE of the lake. if you go at dusk you'll see lots of fish jumping, and you'll probaly see several Osprey fishing. If you're lucky like we were you'll even see a magnificent bald eagle. Boating is allowed on the west-end of the lake, so you may see water skiers or wave runners. On the east end, canoes and kayaks dot the waters. It's a simple walk of three miles, but you'll have plenty to see and talk about. Dave (7) and Grace (11) give this one a thumbs up, and they were thankful for the pier on the west end to soak their sore feet from.
Trailhead: This trail can be picked up from any of the three campgrounds surrounding the lake, the day use are, the resort and marina, and the public boat ramp at the west end. Suttle Lake is located on Highway 20 between Detroit and Sisters. It's just a few miles west of Black Butte Ranch, and about 15 miles west of Sisters. Follow the signs off the Highway to Suttle Lake Resort, then follow signs to the Day Use area on the NE corner of the lake. If you're camping at Suttle Lake, the trail goes right along the lake through the back yard of someone's campsite with plenty of access points. (Lat:44.42775 Lon:-121.72592)
Trail Guides for Suttle Lake Loop, Suttle Lake near Sisters, OR:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Deschuttes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District, 541-549-7700
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Steve Snyder, who has posted 13 other hikes on this site
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