Know Before You Go
The lake itself is accessible only by foot, which makes it that more exclusive and fulfilling for those who arrive here. The out-and-back hike is around 15.2 miles (24 kilometers) and deemed difficult with undulating terrain. Signage is available throughout, but it is suggested to bring along a map and compass for extra measure. As such, make sure that you are physically and mentally capable. This a very serious hike, so make sure to bring plenty of fluids and proper gear with a good and early start.
The starting point begins at the intersection of Todd Lake road and NF-370 (just off the Cascade Lake National Scenic byway). Parking is available at the trailhead, but it can fill up quickly, so be sure to get there early. In addition, a National Park fee of $5 must be paid at the available ticketing machine. Because of its elevation, this area only is typically open between April and September. The rest of the year will see this part of Oregon covered in snow.