You'll Pass By A Trio Of Pristine Lakes On The Hoffer Lakes Trail In Oregon
Oregon’s hiking is in a league all its own. Majestic mountains? Old-growth forests? Stunning lakes? Sand dunes? Temperate rainforests? Wondrous waterfalls? You’ll find it all — and more — on Oregon’s trails. In Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, there’s a trail that takes the concept of ‘scenic hike’ to the next level. The Hoffer Lakes Trail is an easy, 2.5-mile hike that passes by not one, not two, but three of the most beautiful lakes in Oregon.
This enchanting trek might seem too beautiful to be real, and in any other state, that may well be true. But we’re in The Beaver State, after all, where our hikes are all next level. So a trail with three pristine lakes in Oregon is not at all surprising — but spectacular nonetheless.
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Beautiful Lakes in Oregon
What are some other beautiful lakes in Oregon?
Crater Lake is lauded as the clearest lake in Oregon, and it really is a place worth experiencing. But it's not the only pristine and clear lake in Oregon; Waldo Lake is another breathtaking beauty boasting shockingly clear and clean blue waters. Nestled high on the western slopes of the commanding Cascades, Waldo Lake is one of the largest natural lakes in Oregon and one of the purest lakes in the entire world. The 10 square miles of Waldo Lake are startlingly clear-blue, fed by snowmelt and free of plants and fish in its clear depths. Without marine life to muddy the lake, you can see to depths of 120 feet on a calm day!
Another picture-perfect lake in Oregon is located within the “Alps of Oregon,” AKA the Wallowa Mountains. Surrounded by the lush forests, glacial lakes, and the wide expanse of eastern Oregon, the Wallowas are one of Oregon's most dazzling treasures. Its centerpiece is the eponymous Wallowa Lake, considered to be one of Oregon's most pristine lakes. This glacial lake is 1,508 acres of pure Oregon beauty, popular for kayaking, boating, and swimming. In fact, if you want to immerse yourself in this pristine lake in Oregon, you can even rent a glass-bottomed kayak to experience the full splendor of this beautiful body of water!