The hike to Broken Top is a Central Oregon adventure not to be missed. Right from the start, the road to the trailhead is miles of bumpy dirt road with many rocky obstacles. A 4 wheel drive vehicle with good clearance is a big plus here. Once you reach the trailhead, the hike to No Name Lake, the glacial lake at the base of Broken Top's craggy peaks, takes you through open areas, often filled with wildflowers. The hike is considered moderate to difficult and has 1300 feet of elevation gain from the trailhead with 8.4 miles round trip. It is often heavily used, especially during sunny summer days. But the views from the top of the far moraine are fabulous, encompassing the Three Sisters, Mt. Washington, Three Fingered Jack, Jefferson, Hood and Mt. Adams on clear days. The super adventurous will take a dip in the glacial meltwater lake which we have been told has a temperature of 38 degrees. We saw a dog jump in after its owner threw a stick into the lake and the dog quickly turned back to shore as if to say "Are you crazy? After you!"
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