Ray Atkeson Loop Trail


This beautiful short loop hike takes you along the shore of Sparks Lake and meandors through lava flows and lodgepole pine forests. With its great views to the high cascades, this trail was named for Oregon’s long-time photographer Laureate, and is located in one of his favorite places.

This trail starts from the Sparks Lake Day Use Area.

At a Glance

Open Season: June - October. Snow dependent.
Restrictions: Horses & mountain bikes prohibited.

General Information


From Bend, go west on Century Drive for 26 miles, then travel south on Forest Road 400 for 1 mile to the Ray Atkeson Trailhead/Sparks Lake Boatramp.



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Day Hiking

The beginning of this trail includes a .5 mile paved wheelchair accessible section.  Several benches are provided to enjoy the great views of the high cascades.

Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
4.2 miles

  Elevation : 
5400 - 5450