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Linton Lake

Easy trail wanders through forest and lava flow, to Linton Lake. Great hike for kids with very little elevation gain.
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 3.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  This is a great trip to take kids on their first hike or possibly their first backpacking trip, as the trail is fairly short and very ... more »

Tips:  Follow 126 48 miles east of Springfield, turn right on OR 242. Follow 242 about ten miles to the Alder Springs Campground. The trail... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Alder Springs Campground/Trailhead

This campground has six tent spaces and vault toilets. Cross the highway to find the Linton Lake Trailhead.

2. Oregon Grape

The small purplish-black fruits, which are quite tart and contain large seeds, are included in smaller quantities in the traditional diets of Pacific Northwest aboriginal peoples, mixed with Salal or another sweeter fruit. Today they are sometimes used to make jelly, alone or mixed with salal.

Oregon grape juice can be fermented to make wine,... More

3. Linton Lake

The shoreline is a mixture of volcanic debris and forest. The trail side of the lake is shallow and pretty.

The far side is a steep tree-lined slope. The inlet stream divides as it crosses an expanse of lava rocks, and its rushing sound echoes across the lake to fill the valley. There's a waterfall just upstream in the woods, audible from about ... More