Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
Explore this Byway
The word "epic" gets thrown around a lot these days, but the Pacific Crest Trail earns the distinction. Learn a new reckoning for time and distance while making the 2,650-mile journey through twenty-four national parks, thirty-three wildernesses, and six out of the seven climate zones in North America.
Are you looking to ski out West this winter? Visit Oregon's Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway in the Deschutes National Forest. With more than four ski resorts and the greatest concentration of glaciers in the West, you’ll find plenty of spots for both downhill and cross-country skiing.
The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway is known for its stunning array of lakes and other bodies of water, but numerous other opportunities for exploration and fun abound along the byway. With the ragged cliffs of the Cascade Mountains or the black, volcanic rock of the Lava Lands, Cascade Lakes offers water sports and much more.
Cross paths with early explorers and trappers such as Kit Carson, John C. Fremont and Nathaniel J. Wyeth as you drive the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. The towering Cascade Mountains provide the backdrop for this scenic drive and offer fabulous hiking and challenging rock climbing. Wind your way along the Byway as it climbs into the Deschutes National Forest and see for yourself why this route was named after the Cascade Lakes. This Byway's main feature is the numerous lakes that seem to spring from everywhere, but there are numerous other attractions for visitors to explore.
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1-Day Trip: Cascade Lakes Must See Tour
As you drive along the Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway, note the beautiful lakes, eleven in all that gives the road its name. There are lush meadows and historic sites to visit, as well as some short hiking trails.