Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

National Scenic BywayOregon

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  • Lava Rock Cliffs

    Lava Rock Cliffs rise sharply alongside the road leading into Todd Lake.

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  • A Desert Landscape

    Stunted trees and a rock-strewn ground lends a wild western air to this stretch of Broken Top Mountain.

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  • Sky Blue Waters and Snow Covered Slopes

    Gentle slopes lead down to calm blue waters surrounded by rock, earth and snow.

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  • Dark Grey Rocks Swirled with Red

    Tilted layers of rock provide a swirled effect of grays, browns and reds.

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  • Davis Lake and Three Sisters

    From beyond the trees a glimpse of Davis Lake can be seen.

  • Broken Top and Evergreens

    Broken Top provides a misty backdrop to the lush green valley below.

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  • Broken Top

    Looking like a sea of green water, trees sweep out across the landscape.

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  • Bare Slopes and Scrub Brush

    The remains of winter snow cling to the summer earth at the jagged peaks of Broken Top Mountain.

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  • Broken Top

    Snow covers the ridges of Broken Top in sporadic patches, showing signs of the warmer weather coming along the Cascade Lakes.

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  • Todd Lake

    Peeking through the thick stretch of dark evergreens is Todd Lake, with Broken Top standing majestically in the background.

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  • Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway from Mt. Bachelor

    The top of Mt. Bachelor provides a sweeping view of the valley and the Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway below.

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  • Forested Slopes Along the Road

    Gently rolling hills and forested hills encompass the Byway, as seen from the snow-touched slopes of Mt. Bachelor.

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  • Red Cinder Cone

    The red cinder cone is a startling contrast to the almost pastel blues and greens surrounding the area.

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  • A Byway Surrounded by Mountains and Lakes

    The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway traverses a road filled with scenic wonder.

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  • Mt. Bachelor Lodge and Lifts

    The snow covered ridges at Mt. Bachelor provide a scenic backdrop for the lodge.

  • Mt. Bachelor lodge and lifts from byway.

    Mt. Bachelor lodge and lifts from byway. Duplicate of 11936 and 12140.

  • Biking on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

    The tall spires of the pine trees seemingly dwarf those who walk or bike along the trails next to them.

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  • Sparks Lake Horse Corral

    A wooden sign explains the history of Sparks Lake.

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  • Pathway to Sparks Lake

    Snow dots the rich earth parthway that leads down to Sparks Lake.

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  • Snowy Fields to Broken Top Mountain

    The jagged peak of Broken Top Mountain rises from a bowl of trees in this shot from the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway.

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  • Mt. Bachelor Lodge and Lifts from Byway

    The sunlight is reflected from the snow on the mountains near Mt. Bachelor lodge.

  • Mt. Bachelor and Elk Lake

    Boats dock in the sky blue waters of the harbor at Elk Lake.

  • Mt. Bachelor from Sparks Lake.

    Strips of land are seen along the placid waters of Sparks Lake.

  • Upper Deschutes River

    Greenery surrounds the narrow strip of the Upper Deschutes River.

  • Mt. Bachelor from Todd Lake

    An assembly of trees seemingly stand guard against the snow-covered peaks of Mt. Bachelor.

  • Sparks Meadow

    In the distance, Mt. Bachelor makes a daunting figure in the wide greenery of Sparks Meadow.

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  • Mt. Bachelor from Sparks Meadow

    A visitor takes the opportunity to explore the thickly forested hills and wide meadows that are just some of the many scenic areas surrounding Mt. Bachelor.

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  • Lava Cast Forest

    Oregon's Lava Cast Forest is blanketed by a blue sky and clouds. A mountain stands in the background.

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  • Interpretive Site at Sparks Meadow

    A visitor to the byway pauses to check out the information at Sparks Meadow.

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  • Wildflowers at Sparks Meadow

    Purple wildflowers sweep over the ground, dotting the green grass of the meadow.

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  • Forested Hills and Purple Flowers

    Evergreens surround the lush meadow, providing a shady area for those that visit.

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  • South Sister Across Elk Lake

    South Sister can be seen in the background of this view of Elk Lake.

  • Davis Lake and Lava Flow

    The remains of an old lava flow slopes gently down to the bank of Davis Lake.

  • Preparing to Sled

    Travelers prepare to go sledding at the base of Mt. Bachelor in the middle of October.

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  • Salt Creek Falls

    At 286 feet, Salt Creek Falls may be Oregon's second highest waterfall.

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  • Mt. Bachelor as seen from Sparks Lake

    Mt. Bachelor as seen from Sparks Lake. Duplicate of 25258

  • Turquoise Waters

    A solitary round rock on the edge of a cloudy turquoise lake provides the perfect spot to set up your camera or relax after a long hike across snow patches in the mountains.

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  • South Sister and Sparks Lake

    South Sister provides a snow-covered backdrop to Sparks Lake.

  • Cultus Lake

    Cultus Lake is one of the many beautiful lakes found on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway.

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  • Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway

    Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway stretches through the Deschutes National Forest.

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  • The Rocky Shore along Cultus Lake

    Cultus Lake sits nestled among the trees of the Deschutes National Forest.

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  • Devil's Garden

    Devil's Garden, and other huge mountains of lava rock line portions of the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway.

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  • Devil's Lake

    Devil's Lake is one of the many lakes nestled among the trees along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway.

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  • Elk Lake

    Elk Lake can be seen through the trees on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway.

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  • Lava Lake

    Magnificent Mt. Bachelor rises behind Lava Lake on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway.

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  • Mt. Bachelor

    The snow-covered peaks of Mt. Bachelor rise above the Deschutes National Forest on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway.

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  • Lava Lake

    A glimmer of Lava Lake can be seen with South Sister and Broken Top Mountains in the background.

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  • Lava Butte

    Mountains stand in the distance, topped with clouds and snow, while a sign tells you of your destination: Lava Butte, elevation 5,020.

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  • Mt. Bachelor in July

    Even in the middle of summer, the top of Mt. Bachelor is covered in snow.

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  • Sparks Lake

    From this angle, the unique nature of Sparks Lake is clearly visible.

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  • Gravel Banks

    Gravel banks provide a stark contrast to the snowy slopes on the opposite side of a high mountain lake.

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  • Rock Covered Hills

    Along the edges of Broken Top Mountain are scatterings of large rocks.

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  • Desert Cliffs

    Striped cream and rust-colored rocks line many of the pathways up Broken Top Mountain.

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  • Multicolored Cliffs

    Rocky slopes meet before a jagged, tilted and multi-colored cliff.

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  • Steep Slopes and Majestic Mountains

    From the vantage point on the slopes, another snow covered mountain is easily seen.

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  • Pale Snow on Dark Hills

    Winter still clings stubbornly to Broken Top Mountain.

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  • Red-Touched Rocks

    A solitary rock stands bare of the snow that surrounds it.

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  • Rocky Guardians of the Hills

    High on the hills are rocky escarpments that give an impression of silent vigilance.

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  • Sparks Meadow in July

    Stretching out for miles is the lush grass and rocky pathways of Sparks Meadow.

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  • Red Rocks and Verdant Valleys

    High above the valley, a vivid red rock mountainside stands out against the gentle blues of the mountainous horizon.

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  • Glaciers and Peaks of the Cascade Mountains

    Dark rock peaks contrast with white snow fields that cling to the higher reaches of Broken Top Mountain.

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  • Dutchman Flat

    In summer, Dutchman Flat appears as a barren desert surrounded by the lush green foliage on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway.

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