Soda Creek to No Name Lake - a Challenging Hike!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

October 16, 2021 was probably one of the most beautiful fall days in Central Oregon that we have seen for many years.  The cool weather in the morning warmed during the day and the sky was a perfect blue with a few high clouds. The snow that fell on the mountains earlier in the week had melted some and it was a great day to take a long hike in the Cascades. We started off the day deciding to hike the Three Sisters Wilderness loop from Soda Creek around Broken Top to Green Lakes and back via Fall Creek to the trailhead. Broken Top Trailhead We had taken this hike last year in late October and thought it would be good to do again.  However, 4.5 miles into the hike the trail branches northeast to Broken Top and ultimately No Name Lake. This time we elected to take the longer hike to Broken Top. 

Starting the hike around 8:30 am, we saw just a couple of people on the path from the Soda Creek trailhead (shares the same parking lot as Green Lakes) to the junction with the Broken Top trail.  As the path climbed, we entered a meadow from which a number of springs flowed and the beautiful colors of Broken Top became more evident. Crossing the Crater Ditch trail, we saw a social trail that climbed steeply to an overlook which provided amazing views of Broken Top's south slope and with a 180 degree turn south, provided some spectacular views of Mt. Bachelor. We decided to travel cross country up a draw to join with the main Broken Top trail and continue on to No Name Lake. The main trail had more people on it, enjoying the beautiful day as we were. Arriving at No Name Lake, the wind picked up, especially at the outlet to the lake where the surrounding moraines channeled the air.  It was nice to see the beautiful aqua blue color of the lake returning several years after the avalanche which killed 19 elk in 2017 and deposited a lot of dirt in the water. 

After a short stay for lunch at No Name Lake, we returned via the main trail to our cut off through the meadow and back to the Soda Creek trail. We arrived at our car around 4:30.  All in all, the hike was roughly 16 miles with 3100 feet of elevation gain.  It was a full day with wonderful views and a great experience.

No Name Lake Mt Bachelor

Mt Bachelor

Original blog can be read at Bend Premier Real Estate's blog page.

Comments (8)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lynnea, that sure does look like some challenging terrain, and COLD.

Oct 21, 2021 04:42 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Hi Joan Cox . The hike started in the 20's, but moved up to the 60's later in the day.  We saw people in shorts on the hike in the middle of the afternoon.

Oct 21, 2021 04:49 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It is amazing how temperatures change.  We headed South this morning toward Los Angeles, and started out at 47 F and on the way back it was in the 80's there.  So happy to be back here in the high 60's.  A

Oct 21, 2021 08:06 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That sounds like an amazing hike!  I enjoy a challenging hike and usually after the challenge the view that we are rewarded with is well worth the challenge.

Oct 22, 2021 04:31 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What an amazing terrain, Lynnea. Of course, to me, it sounds like all of your hikes are challenging!

Oct 22, 2021 06:03 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for telling us about your hike and for sharing your photographs.

Oct 22, 2021 08:25 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Wednesday morning, Lynnea.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding day.

Oct 27, 2021 07:11 AM
Ritu Desai 703-625-4949
Samson Properties - Ashburn, VA
Northern Virginia,Washington DC & Maryland Realtor

Love the photographs that you have there, Lynnea! Take care and have a good day always

Oct 27, 2021 02:22 PM