Saving the Best for Last–Enjoying a Lovely Walk up Maiden

Peak Summited2019 Maiden Peak
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadMaiden Peak Trailhead
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

I left Maiden Peak for my last hike, as Jeff and I were heading out from nearby Waldo Lake on the Oregon Timber Trail for bike packing on our mountain bikes. The trail up Maiden Peak, while a bit steep in spots, was in perfect condition and a real pleasure to hike. After South Sister, it felt much easier, and would make a great training hike to get ready for the more challenging South Sister. Maiden Peak, being near the Cascade Lakes area, is also a great hike to combine with some outstanding lakeside camping (Waldo and the Little Cultus were particularly inviting), and has a very beautiful mix of Central Oregon and Willamette Valley style forest. Being able to hike with Jeff and new friends, Jayne and Karen, made the hike all the more enjoyable!

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