Snell Lake Trail


This trail meanders through stands of mature lodgepole and mountain hemlock and provides access to Effie, Snell, and Meek Lakes. 

This trail provides access to Diamond Peak Wilderness to the north and the Oregon Cascades Recreation Area to the south via Meek Lake Trail #43.1 which leads past Meek Lake to Summit Lake Trail #46.

You can access Snell Lake Trail #43 (and Meek Lake Trail #43.1) at Snell/Meek Lake trailhead west of Crescent Lake. Snell Lake Trail #43 can also be accessed by Crater Butte Trail #44.

At a Glance

Permit Info: The trail enters Wilderness shortly after leaving the trailhead.  Wilderness Permits are required for both day use and overnight stays from Memorial Day Weekend until Oct. 31.  Free permits are self-issued at the trailhead. 
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
  • Motorized use prohibited.
  • Mountain bikes prohibited in Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Crescent, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Crescent Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest

General Information


To the Snell/Meek Lake trailhead:

From Crescent, OR- Travel 12.2 miles west on County Road 61, then go 3.5 miles north on Hwy 58 to Crescent Lake Junction. From the junction go towards Crescent Lake and take Forest Road 60 swest for 5 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road #6010 going to Summit Lake. Approximately 5 miles up Forest Road #6010, Snell Lake Trail #43 crosses the road.



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  Area/Length : 
8.5 miles

  Elevation : 
5550 - 6200


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