• Amy Hindman

Van Patten Lake Hike

Updated: Jul 11

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: Approx. 3 miles round-trip

Elevation Gain: 975 feet

Season: July-September

Location: Anthony Lake area (50 minutes from Baker City)

Notes: No cell service. Bring bug spray.


This is one of our favorite hikes in the area! It is the perfect amount of challenge to really push the kids without being too long. The lake at the top is gorgeous and well worth the climb! Most 4-5 year olds should manage this hike with some rest breaks.


We've only done this hike once so far, but definitely will be back! We went in late June and the trail was passable and we didn't encounter any mosquitoes. Definitely bring your bug spray in July and August. The snow pack melts at a different time each year, so ask around before you go. You can also hike this in the winter on snowshoes.

The trail is mostly shaded with lots of rocks to scramble on along the way. It's a really fun trail! It is a challenge though, so make sure you bring plenty of water and plan on some rest breaks along the way for little legs.

Getting There: Follow Anthony Lakes highway up towards the ski resort for approximately 9 miles from the base of the mountain. Turn left on Forest Road 130 (it is clearly marked with a sign for Van Pattern) and drive .2 miles to the lower trailhead. Hike 1 mile up the "road" to the upper trailhead and then continue another 1/2 mile to the lake. The forest service road between the 2 trailheads definitely looks more like a trail than a road and is only passable on an ATV.

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