On Sunday, my wife and I headed up Cascade Lakes Highway for the first time this summer, our destination one of those lakes.

After years of going to the ones you can drive right up to, — places like Elk and Cultus lakes — we began hoofing it to lakes you need to hike to.

doris lake

A cove at Doris Lake as seen recently through a smattering of trees and hordes of mosquitoes, whose numbers tend to drop by late July.

Creek near Blow Lake

A creek runs alongside much of Six Lakes Trail near Doris and Blow lakes.

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David Jasper is a reporter and assistant editor born and raised in Miami, Florida. He began his journalism career at the Weekly Planet, an alt-weekly in Tampa, before moving to Bend with his family in 2001.

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