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Imagine the different tribes that used ancient trade routes throughout this area for hunting, gathering, and fishing that spoke in many languages. Ichishkiin, Numu and Kiksht are still spoken in this region at the nearby Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Cross paths with early explorers and trappers such as Kit Carson, John C. Fremont and Nathaniel J. Wyeth as you travel on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. Wind your way along the byway as it climbs into the Deschutes National Forest and discover the many alpine lakes and towering Cascade Mountains that create a special beauty for this place.

Lava Trail - Crisscrossing the byway are remnants of volcanic activity, such as the Lava Cast Forest, where lava once flowed through this ponderosa pine forest and left molds of the trees. Walk along the trails and see how the pines are finally reclaiming what the lava took before, or explore the Newberry Crater, a still active volcano. Or if you want to explore a living forest, the Deschutes National Forest is a recreational haven, with wilderness areas, miles of trails and hundreds of lakes and rivers.

Cultrus Lake (pictured) is located west of Crane Prairie Reservoir

Todd Lake is perfect for secluded tent camping far from the noise of traffic, and Pringle Falls offers good fishing and camping on both sides of the river. Brave the whitewater of the Deschutes River or tread the calmer waters by taking a tranquil float trip. If you would rather explore the byway along the trails instead of the water, Green Lakes Trailhead is one of the several access points into the Three Sisters Wilderness area, which contains miles of solitary trails.

From mountains to rivers, tranquil forests and whitewater rapids, the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway offers a multitude of activities for all ages and interests.

Photo Credits:
Photo 1 by Pat Moran, Mt. Bachelor from Todd Lake.
Photo 2 by Bend Chamber of Commerce, Lava Trail
Photo 3 by Brett Hansen, Cultus Lake
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