Clear Lake Hike
Brief history of Clear
By Linn County Parks.
3000 years ago, an eruption of The Little Nash
Crater, located on Sand Mountain, released torrents
of lava into the McKenzie River Valley. Lava flows
and volcanic ash from the eruption blocked the river
that flowed through the valley, allowing the river
to slowly create a lake, which today has unequaled
clarity. The lava beds are still visible on the
north and east shores of the lake where they flowed
into the water.
forest that was in the valley during the time of the
eruption was covered with extremely cold water,
forever preserving the trees that remain and are
covered with water and untouched by air. Many of
these trees can be seen through the crystal clear
water to depths of over 100 feet.
lake is primarily fed by springs from underground
caverns that filter through lava for nearly 20 years
before being released into the lake. Seasonal
snowmelt and mountain creeks also feed the lake
making the water temperature 35 to 42 degrees F year
hike around the lake is 5½ miles long and is
maybe the prettiest in Central Oregon.
October 1st 2014 Just as
beautiful as ever
October 12th 2014
That's a BIG tree!