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sparks lake

Average Rating:    (3.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

This trail runs about nine miles to Lava Lake. Its pretty smooth and pretty fast and pretty fun. No biggie.
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Latitude
44.0239277895134
Longitude
-121.73280715942383
Trail Directions
Go a bit past Mt. Bachelor and park at the trailhead/campground on the left.
Trail Length
18 miles (out'n'back)
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Bend
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 8, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jacob M. , from Portland

Summary:
Had a pretty good day at this trail. Went on a weekday and didn't run into any hikers on the entire trail. There are no major downhills but its a pretty zippy trail anyways. I would recommend bringing a patchkit and extra tubes because there were plenty of lava rocks to gouge your tires. I'm giving the trail 4 tires only because Idon't care for the loose surface and sand, otherwise it would get 5 tires.

Recommended Route:
Start at Sparks Lake and follow the trail to Lava Lake. Then take the higway back to the Sparks Lake trailhead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Phil's Trail



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Review Date
December 15, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kevin Lyons , from Redmond, OR

Summary:
Hmmm...how to explain it..mainly what I remember was the lava rock that gobbled up my knobbys. From Sparks to Lava Lake the terrain is nice and rolling. Nothing demanding and a nice out and back. For added duration and a demanding endurance ride, turn left at Lava Lake and climb back to Edison Snopark. This is a grueling uphill that demands part of your soul. Serious rocks, loose terrain, and distance will make even the strongest rider crave a hammock. Very beautiful country with views of Bachelor. Expect fatigue, ripped up tires, and pure pleasure from this ride.
http://photos.yahoo.com/kwltrack for photos of Lava Lake and other rides in Oregon.
Ride hard or ride home....Kevin

Recommended Route:
Park at TH at Sparks Lake. Ride to Lava Lakes, follow signs to Edison Snopark. Best to have a vehicle at Edison. Shuttle to Sparks.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Newberry Crater



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Review Date
October 17, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jason , from Salem, OR

Summary:
I absoultely despise this trail! I did it at the end of the summer, the trail was either soft sand or solid lava rock. It's pretty much a hiking trail, not much uphill or downhill. And it is a long drive for not much of a ride. If you do this trail it is best early spring or late fall after some rain fall-just don't do it mid summer. Althought it is one of the most beatiful trails I've ever been on. Take the kids or someone and just make it a day hike Out and Back a few miles-enjoy the scenery

Recommended Route:
Get a map, or good directions there are a few ways to get lost on the trail

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Go back to Bend and ride the downhill trails from Bachelor to Bend ( about 30 miles of killer downhill)



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Review Date
December 28, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Sunshine , from Seattle

Summary:
This trail is awesome. The views of the South Sister, Mt Bachelor and the lake are incredible. Sometimes I take my girlfriend there and we just soak up the mountain air and talk about the parallel universe. I'm there right now.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Paulina Peak, Edison Ice caves



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Review Date
September 14, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: WonderMike , from Portland, OR

Summary:
we rode the trail from Lava Lakes north to sparks lake then back down and took a westerly trail around Elk lake then back to our campsite. This was a very fun trail with a little bit of everything. Some nice views and the swimming in Sparks lake is great if you are HOT !!!. The trail was a bit pummy in sections but as there is no real tough spots so it makes for a nice half day juant. The trail that spurs west and goes around elk lake is a little more fun and scenic. If you would like to see pictures check out http://home.earthlink.net/~southfork

Recommended Route:
found this trail by accident while camping

Other recommended trails in the same area:
deschutes river trail



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