Patjens Lake Loops Trail offers a rare opportunity to ride horseback or hike a loop in the Mt Washington Wilderness in one day. Located in the high elevation ecosystem, the trail passes through a mixed forest of lodgepole pine, western hemlock, and alpine fir. Three small lakes are accessed from the trail.
From McKenzie Ranger Station, drive east on Hwy. 126 about 22 miles to Hwy. 20. Continue on Hwy. 20 about 7 miles and turn on Rd. 2690 (Hoodoo turnoff). Drive about 4 miles to Patjens Lake Trailhead, located at the west end of Big Lake.