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Duffy Lake Hike

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Duffy Butte and Duffy Lake (Cheryl Hill)
  • Start point: Duffy Lake TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Duffy Lake
  • Trail Log: Trail Log
  • Hike Type: Out-and-back
  • Distance: 6.8 miles
  • High point: 4,800 feet
  • Elevation gain: 800 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: June-November
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • Crowded: Yes


Hike Description

This easy family-friendly hike access a pretty lake in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. The trail is very popular with both hikers and equestrians so it is dusty and you'll want to watch for horse droppings. Come in August or September to avoid the mosquitoes.

After filling out a wilderness permit at the trailhead, set off through the trees. After 0.1mi you'll pass a trail on the left that leads to Big Meadows Horse Camp. As you hike, notice the big Douglas fir and hemlock in this shady forest.

At 1.5 miles you'll pass a junction with the Turpentine Trail on the left. This trail heads north toward Turpentine Peak. You'll stay straight, crossing the North Santiam River at 2.6 miles. By the middle of summer this river is dry and the crossing is easy, but in early summer you may have to wade across.

At 3.1 miles pass the junction with the Lava Lakes Trail on the right, and shortly thereafter at 3.4 miles you will reach a junction. The official trail heads off to the right. Trails heading straight and to the left head to campsites and the lake.

This hike can be extended several ways.

Fees, Regulations, etc.

  • $5 parking fee or Northwest Forest Pass.
  • A wilderness self-issue permit (available at trailhead) is required.


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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • 101 Hikes in the Majestic Mount Jefferson Region by Matt Reeder
  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington by William L. Sullivan

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