One of the great things about moving to Bend is that I don’t feel like I have to cram all the things on my To-Do list into a short period of time. There are so many places to explore, and I know now that I’ll get to them in time and not have to cram them into a week long vacation visit. That said, there is one hike that was at the very top of my To-Do list and I did not intend to let this summer go by without doing it. This hike is to an unnamed lake in the crater to the east of Broken Top Mountain, one of the most recognizable peaks towering over Bend.

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This unnamed lake is frequently and appropriately referred to as “No Name Lake” in guidebooks and other internet posts, so I’ll use it here. The lake is filled with glacial runoff that still contains snow fields late into summer. The glacial runoff also contributes to its otherworldly turquoise color. Some brave souls in our group got in the water for a very brief moment, but don’t expect to lounge around on floaties in this icy lake!

I went up with a group on Saturday and we carpooled from the Todd Lake Trailhead. The biggest challenge of this hike is getting to the Broken Top trailhead. From Cascade Lakes highway to Todd Lake, the road is gravel but fairly well maintained. However, the remaining ~five mile drive in is rough and unmaintained, requiring a high clearance vehicle. The road is blocked with snow until late in the summer, and even then, an unknown number of downed trees will likely be waiting for some kind soul to come along and clear them out.

Despite the rough road, we found a full trailhead and had to park at a lower turnout. Most people in Bend have vehicles capable of the drive!

From this trailhead the hike to No Name Lake is pretty easy. It’s approximately 2.25 miles and 1200 ft of gain. Past the lake, hike an additional 0.4 miles and 200 ft of gain to a ridge for an incredible view from the Three Sisters all the way up to Mt Hood and Mt Adams to the north.


Broken Top and No Name Lake (08.06.2016)
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Map and GPX Track

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  1. Petesthousandpeaks

    Beautiful! Another hike of for my bucket list!

  2. David Gray

    The amount of hikes that I want to go on is starting to become absurdly large and this doenst help! But in all serious it looks amazing, hopefully I can go one day.

  3. gambolin man

    Hi Rebecca! BEND! I will be moving to Bend soon, once I retire from my UC job….one of these days soon! Nice to see you’re continuing to chronicle your adventures in excellent fashion!

  4. gambolin man

    Hi Calipidder! BEND! I will be moving to Bend soon, once I retire from my UC job….one of these days soon! Nice to see you’re continuing to chronicle your adventures in excellent fashion!

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  5. mike

    Awesome! How long of a hike is it to nonamelake if you were to drive to the closest trailhead? Also, will there be water in that lake in August?

    1. Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd Listing Owner

      It only took about 1.5 hours to hike to the lake from the trailhead where we started (4WD required), and that was with some stops to enjoy the views and wildflowers. It’s less than 3 miles. There should be water in it year round.

  6. PL

    Which do you think is better for your hiking experience, as well as preserving that experience and the environment for future hikers: MORE people? or LESS people on this trail? Think about that for a minute, and then please ask yourself what is being accomplished by publicly advertising these locations.

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