Charlton Lake Loop
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Begin by riding west on FS 4290 for two miles to FS 952, on your left. Follow FS 962 for 1.5 miles to FS 200. Turn right and stay on FS 200 to where the road makes a sharp turn to the right. A single track takes off to your left through the trees for a short 0.5 mile ride to Johnny Lake. Continue on FS 200 and ride out to FS 4290. Turn left and ride about 1 mile to the Round Meadow trail, on your left. Logging and thinning in here makes this trailhead difficult to find. Ride south on a good single track through the forest, bearing right at the junction of the Twins trail. Continue on past Gerdine Butte and onto the most difficult part of the ride, a series of technical climbs and descents to Chalton Lake. Follow around Charlton Lake, to your left and out to FS 4290. Turn right onto FS 4290 and ride 0.25 mile and turn left onto the Lemish Lake Trail. Ride 2 miles and turn right at this junction to return to FS 4290. Turn left and take FS 4290 back to the trailhead.
You can connect with other trails in here including routes to Lemish Lake, Johnny Lake and even to Deer Lake and Cultus Lake. To the west lies Waldo Lake. Remember: Wilderness Areas and the Pacific Crest Trail are closed to bicycles.
Directions: From Bend: Drive 16 south on Highway 97 and take the Fall River Highway 42 exit. Head 23 miles west on Highway 42 to the junction with Highway 46(Cascade Lakes Highway) and head straight onto FS 4290. Drive 100 yards to the junction with FS 4291. Park here and begin the loop.
Seasonal Access: Normally Open: Spring-Fall
Facility Type: Mountain Bike Route
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