Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway Revisited


One of the most scenic drives in Oregon is the Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway. It runs for 66 miles on the east side of the Cascades, beginning at Bend.

The highway provides access to Mt. Bachelor, and the southern trailheads for climbing Broken Top and South Sister. There are also many natural lakes along the way.

On a stormy day I drove as far as Elk Lake before turning back. It had been at least ten years since my last visit. The area still retained its charm, strongly influenced by the volcanic nature of the environment.

If the weather had cooperated, I would have hiked to Moraine Lake on South Sister. Instead, it will have to await my next visit. Who knows, if it’s a nice day, I’ll go for the summit.

Varied Thrush

Varied Thrush

Sparks Lake

Sparks Lake

One of many large meadows along the highway

One of many large meadows along the highway

Red cinder common in the area

Red cinder common in the area

Sparks Lake

Sparks Lake

South Sister

South Sister

Mule Deer Doe looking for an early morning swim?

Mule Deer Doe looking for an early morning swim?

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