Green Lakes Trail Near Bend, Oregon

Five minutes into the trail to Green Lakes we were challenged by a surprise crossing of Fall Creek.

Grateful for the railing, Reg and I managed to keep our feet on the log masquerading as a bridge above Fall Creek. As I stepped down Reg jokingly asked, “Could you do that without the railing?” Little did we know…

The trailhead to Green Lakes is located about 25 miles outside of Bend, Oregon. The path is an 8-9 mile round trip with 1,150 feet of climbing. It’s a beautiful trek through trees alongside a cascading creek.

One of the many waterfalls that tumble down the aptly named Fall Creek.

We followed the gentle incline along the wide dirt trail, enjoying the shade the forest provided. The creek crashed and tumbled alongside And then suddenly leveled out. That was when the trail crossed the creek again…twice!

With the creek rushing below and no railing to assist us, we had no room for a misstep. I was sure grateful for those balance beam lessons way back when in junior high gymnastics class. Reg made me go first. I think he was hoping I’d suggest we turn back. Eventually we two balance-challenged trekkers shuffled across the first log, and several hundred yards later we made it across the second. It was well worth the effort!

Lunch spot with a lake view.

We found a shady spot for lunch, enjoying the view until it was time to pack up and head back down the trail…and back across those two logs.

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6 thoughts on “Green Lakes Trail Near Bend, Oregon

  1. Jackie Bachman

    Great adventure!

    Jackie Bachman Board Member, Community Relations OHRA (760) 889-5122 Jackie.bachman53@gmail.com

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  2. Looks like a beautiful area and courageous of you to have crossed that stream a few times. We had a similar situation while trekking in the Alamut Valley in Iran some years ago, only I chickened out and refused to cross the rickety makeshift bridge 😱
    https://piaregan.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/garmarud-trek-alamut-valley-iran/

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  3. Bonnie

    The sure footed Spittles!

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  4. Malcolm & Barbara.

    Looks fantastic. What a lovely area to explore.

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  5. What a fabulous hike and what incredible views. Green Lake looks amazing.

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