Walton Lake Loop
Deschutes-Ochoco National Forest
Difficulty: Easy (great for kids)
Distance: 1 mile
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Best Time to Go: May-October
About this Hike
The Walton Lake Loop Hike is a barrier-free access trail. The lake's surroundings are home to white-headed woodpecker, belted kingfisher, spotted sandpiper, cinnamon teal, American coot, Steller's jay, yellow-headed blackbird and Brewer's blackbird. Nearby are aspen, old-growth Ponderosa pine and mountain meadows. From the trailhead this hike is an easy, 1-mile trek with minimal elevation gain.
About the Area
Located among old-growth ponderosa pine, the lakeshore and surrounding meadows have great plant and wildlife diversity. Walton Lake is stocked with rainbow trout and is an excellent fishing destination, with a popular campground and boat ramp.
1. From Prineville, travel east on Highway 26 for 16 miles.
2. Turn right at the junction onto County Road 123, which is marked for Walton Lake and Big Summit Prairie.
3. Travel on County Road 123 for approximately 8 miles until it turns into Forest Service Road 22, and then turn left.
4. Continue on Forest Service Road 22 for approximately 7.5 miles before arriving at the Walton Lake Trailhead on your left.