Indigo Lake Overnight Backpacking Trip

Indigo Lake Overnight Backpacking Trip

How is it that nobody has heard of Indigo Lake? I’ve talked with tons of people and the vast majority have not even heard of this place. I can’t understand why, so hopefully this info broadens your geographical mind and gives you a fresh idea for a day hike or an overnight trip. Indigo Lake is about 85 miles from Eugene, OR but plan for the trip to take close to two hours. There is quite a bit of gravel driving towards the end and the road is really not the best of shape. No matter your starting location, head to Timpanogas Lake to start your hike. There is a clearly marked trailhead parking area, but the trails themselves are not clearly marked. The trail opposite of the small lake near the trailhead is for Indigo Lake, the trail that runs parallel to the small lake is to June Lake. It will be pretty apparent that you’re on the correct trail if you start seeing the letter “i” carved into some trees in the first tenth of a mile. The 2-mile hike to Indigo Lake takes you up 600 feet in elevation, mostly within the first mile. You’ll be hiking through oldgrowth forest for the most part and then along some beautiful alpine meadows. It’s really a nice hike and a great trail! Once you reach Indigo, you’re in for a treat. The water is deep vibrant blue and Sawtooth Mountain forms the South boundary of the lake. Absolutely incredible. There are five walk-in tent sites spread out around the lake, each with a fire-ring and a rustic picnic...
Pengra to Jasper Float on the Middle Fork Willamette River

Pengra to Jasper Float on the Middle Fork Willamette River

First of all let me offer my disclaimers for any adventure we post about, especially the river floats. Floating rivers can be highly dangerous and the decision-making on the water is really up to you. I’ll do my best to offer some info that can help you make better decisions while floating. I’ve noticed that there is a huge lack of info out there in terms of floats to do, safety concerns, etc. so I wanted to offer up some of what I’ve learned along the way. My goal here is not to give out fishing info, or to tell you where to go when and what to do. I just want to highlight some popular floats in Oregon and show you some of the trouble spots so that you can be better prepared, especially if it’s your first time running that specific section. Now, enough of the boring stuff. Let’s get on to the float at hand: Pengra to Jasper on the Middle Fork Willamette River just outside of Eugene/Springfield Oregon. Here is the first trouble spot on this float, directly below the boat ramp. In the photo above you can see plenty of whitewater on the right side and a perfect current seam middle left. The boat ramp at Pengra is on river right so you’ll need to get into the flow and navigate all the way to the left side to get into the current seam. Not pictured above is a solid shelf that pushes in water from left to right, constantly trying to push you back into the whitewater. Whitewater obviously is not always a...

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