Odell to Windigo Loop
ElevationAscent: 6,018' 1,834 m
Descent: -6,019' -1,835 m
High: 7,172' 2,186 m
Low: 4,859' 1,481 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 72% (36°)
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“A 60-mile loop leading through dense and burned out forests, offering sweeping vistas.”— Monique Schaefers
Portions of this loop are used by Mtn bikers and equestrians (Metolius-Windigo Trail). Hikers should yield to horses by stepping off the trail on its downhill side.
Park at the trailhead next to the ODOT gravel shed across Hwy 58. Cross Hwy 58 and head down to Trapper Creek Trailhead near Odell Lake and begin your journey on the Whitefish Creek Trail #42 until you reach Crescent Lake and the Whitefish Creek Horse Camp. Work your way through the camp and head out on the Metolius-Windigo Trail past Oldenberg lake to the Windigo Pass.
The Skyline Trail/ Oldenburg Lake Trail (east side of this trek) is beautiful and easy. Some spots are old burned out forest. There are lots of lakes for water.
Head north on the PCT toward Diamond Peak. Late in the season water up at Windigo Lakes before heading up the peak! Windigo Lakes is a BEAUTIFUL place to camp. The water is warm and clear.
The run up the peak opens up for panoramic vistas and swings back through old and open forests until you pop out above the tree line. A crystal clear and cold stream awaits you just below the summit. (We did not take the side trail to summit the peak.)
During this late season outing, on the north side of the peak we came upon meadows filled with wild blueberries. It smelled like we were running through a bowl of fruit loops, the scent of the berries was so strong!
Drop down into dense and wild forests, past many clean, cold, clear lakes as you make your way back to your car on the PCT. There are lots of opportunities for camping along the trail, so you can extend your journey over many days.
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Land Manager: USFS - Willamette National Forest Office