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Divide Lake Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Mt. Yoran and Divide Lake(Cheryl Hill)
View of Diamond Peak from the Mt. Yoran Trail (Cheryl Hill)
  • Start point: Vivian Lake TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Divide Lake
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out and back
  • Distance: 8 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 1,200 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: Mid-July through October
  • Family Friendly: yes
  • Backpackable:yes
  • Crowded: no

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Hike Description

The hike starts out on Vivian Lake Trail #3662. After 0.8 mile you'll reach a junction with Diamond Peak Tie Trail #4239 on the right. Keep going straight and you'll quickly reach Notch Lake on your left. Walk to the far east end of the lake for best views of this pretty little body of water, complete with a small little rock island. Mosquitoes are rampant here in late July and early August.

You'll reach another trail junction where you'll turn right on Mt. Yoran Trail #3683. Now the trail starts some serious climbing. After about a mile and a half the trail tops out on a ridge. You start getting views of Diamond Peak on the right as the trail goes up and down along the ridge. Three miles from the trail junction you'll pass beneath Mt. Yoran and arrive at the north end of beautiful little Divide Lake. If you go left around the lake just a bit you'll get a glimpse of the top of Diamond Peak. The main trail goes right along the western shore, where you get a view of an unnamed rocky peak towering above the lake. If you look back you'll also see Mt. Yoran.

The trail continues on to meet up with the Pacific Crest Trail less than a mile from here, but if this is your stopping point there are numerous campsites in the area, especially near two other tiny ponds just beyond Divide Lake. The area is buzzing with mosquitoes in late July and early August. If you're here for a day hike, return the way you camp.

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  • 100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades, 4th edition by William Sullivan

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