Broken Top Crater, A Lake with a View
Broken Top is one of Central Oregon’s most iconic mountains – it’s jagged peaks are recognizable from miles away. Luckily for the adventure-bound folks, it’s also a very accessible peak with a unique reward at the top: a magnificent alpine lake.
The alpine lake in Broken Top’s crater doesn’t have a name – well, that’s not entirely true. It’s called “No Name Lake.” Maybe that’s because the lake itself is so indescribably beautiful that nobody could think of a perfectly accurate lake.
With 1,300 feet of elevation gain, a hefty 8.4 mile out and back, this trail will award you with sweeping views of the Three Sisters and a picture perfect turquoise lake. Our friends at the Outdoor Project have a great Broken Top Crater blog post with some amazing photos and all the info you need for the hike.
Intertested in something a little more family-friendly? Check out these shorter, kid-approved hikes with equally as amazing views. Or, check out our larger list of Central Oregon hiking trails and find one that fits into your schedule and level of difficulty.