Took three days off last week to do a back country / roads route from Sisters to Waldo Lake (OR). We began by hiking to Proxy Falls on our way up old McKenzie Hwy. The hike is about a 1.5 mile loop hitting 226’ Proxy Falls first, and then Upper Proxy Falls.

 Jeep Trailers Adventure Compact Camping Trailer Jeep Style Dinoot Oregon Less Traveled

Jeep trailer adventure to Proxy Falls, Oregon Compact Camping Trailers Dinoot Trailers

Jeep trailer adventure to Proxy Falls, Oregon Compact Camping Trailers Dinoot Trailers 3

Jeep trailer adventure to Proxy Falls, Oregon Compact Camping Trailers Dinoot Trailers 4

After the falls we headed over McKenzie Pass, then into Sisters for topping off gas. In Sisters we took Elm Street that turns into Road 16 to Three Creeks Lake where we camped for the night. The lake sits in the shadow of the Tam McArthur Rim at 6550’

Jeep Trailer Three Creeks Lake Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers

Jeep Trailer Three Creeks Lake Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers Campsite

 Jeep Trailer Three Creeks Lake Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers Night Sky

After a leisurely morning we packed up and took FSR 370 around Three Sisters wilderness between Three Creeks Lake and the Cascade Lakes Hwy. This is a beautiful dirt route that for the most part is bumpy, easy going. With a trailer 4 Low was needed on a few rougher climbing sections. A highlight is being able to drive up to the Broken Top wilderness boundary at around 7000’

Jeep Trailer Broken Top Mountain Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers

Jeep Trailer Broken Top Mountain Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers 4WD Trail

Jeep Trailer Broken Top Mountain Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers 4WD Trail 2

We followed the Cascades Lakes Hwy a few minutes to Sparks Lake for lunch. From here you have great views of South Sister and Broken Top. You could easily spend a few days exploring the many lakes and hiking into the Three Sisters wilderness.

Jeep Trailer Broken Top Mountain and Sparks Lake Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers Cascades Hwy

After lunch we did approximately 15 miles of pavement on the Cascade Lakes hwy to FSR 4630 which is the beginning of the next back country route leg. This goes by Little Cultus Lake, then Irish / Taylor Lake, through a portion of the Taylor burn and dumps out on the north end of Waldo Lake. This leg had many rougher sections requiring 4-Low and one short, chewed up hill climb with a few “steps” making traction a challenge.

Jeep Trailer Forest Road Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers 4WD Trail Little Cultus Lake and Taylor Lake

Jeep Trailer Forest Road Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers 4WD Trail Little Cultus Lake and Taylor Lake 2

Jeep Trailer Forest Road Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers 4WD Trail Little Cultus Lake and Taylor Lake 3

Jeep Trailer Forest Road Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers 4WD Trail Taylor Burn Waldo Lake

Waldo Lake is one of Oregon’s largest natural lakes and a beautiful one to boot. With no internal combustion engines allowed; it is a great lake for kayaking. Waldo sits at 5414’ and is also one of the purest bodies of water in the world. We feel fortunate to live only three hours away. There were only had a handful of campers and we got a great lake side campsite and had a nice sunset.

Jeep Trailer Forest Road Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers 4WD Trail Waldo Lake

Jeep Trailer Forest Road Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers 4WD Trail Waldo Lake

Jeep Trailer Forest Road Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers 4WD Trail Waldo Lake Sunset

After another leisurely morning, we headed south to Crescent Lake. The goal was finding FSR 6010 which will be the starting point for a future adventure.

 Jeep Trailer Forest Road Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers 4WD Trail Crescent Lake

Jeep Trailer Forest Road Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers 4WD Trail Crescent Lake Trail

Last stop on the way home down Hwy 58 was Salt Creek Falls, Oregon’s second tallest waterfall at 286’

Jeep Trailer Forest Road Oregon Adventure with Compact Camping Trailers and Dinoot Trailers 4WD Trail Salt Creek Falls

We’ve begun back country sections along the Oregon Cascades that have scenic beautiful waterfalls and history. Taking those paths less / more difficult to travel that most people never see. A route that connects nicely with this one is Lost Lake to the old Santiam Wagon trail and around the Mt. Washington wilderness to the old McKenzie hwy. It is described “backwards” to the trip report [url=http://tventuring.com/trailerforum/thread-587.html]Willys and Oregon History[/url]. The next planned leg, takes you along the Diamond Peak wilderness, pass Summit Lake and into the Umpqua river drainage, an area know for its Thundering Waters.


We accepted an  invitation last weekend, as special guests, to “Willys at Whitewater” here in Oregon on the McKenzie River. The ranch was incredibly beautiful. We gave a short presentation about our Dinoot Trailers after lunch. It was a nice low-key event that included great food and company. We enjoyed a trail run around and above the 1800 acre ranch, some relaxing, hanging out and good conversation by the river over a salmon dinner.

Jeep Trailer at Jeep Willys meet at Whitewater Ranch, McKenzie River Oregon

 Jeep Trailer at Jeep Willys meet at Whitewater Ranch, McKenzie River Oregon

Here were some of the very nice Willys Jeeps that attended. The red one is owned and driven by Jim, our host.

Willys Jeep Meet at Whitewater Ranch Compact Camping Concepts

 Willys Jeep Meet at Whitewater Ranch

 Jeep Willys Outing at Whitewater Ranch with Compact Camping Concepts Dinoot Trailer

We had a nice camp spot, shared by the two donkeys; Sebastian and Daisy. Our spot looked out over the ranch and offered great stargazing from our Tepui Kukenam roof top tent.

 Jeep Trailer Roof Top Tent at Whitewater Ranch Willys Jeep Meet

As luck would have it, the property has a great stream flowing through it. I could have easily spent a day or two hiking it searching for small waterfalls to shoot. Hopefully I get permission to go back at some point to do that.

Jeep Trailer hiking at Whitewater Ranch Willys Jeep Meet

On Sunday we packed up and headed off the long way home on a scenic, historical drive. The drive took us up along the McKenzie River on Hwy 126; over the Old McKenzie Hwy. The summit is a massive lava field for as far you can see.

Jeep Trailer Oregon Historical Drive McKenzie Highway

Just over the summit, we stopped at Lava Lake CG for lunch.

 Jeep Trailer Oregon Historical Drive McKenzie Highway Santiam Wagon Trail

At FSR 1028 we left the pavement and started around the east side of the Mt Washington Wilderness. The signs of a large fire that hit this area several years ago remain clear.

Jeep Trailer Oregon Historical Drive Mt. Washington Wilderness with Dinoot Trailers

Then we headed around the north side of the wilderness area on FSR 500 which is the Old Santiam Wagon road. The Wagon road dates back to 1859 and was first traveled by a car in 1905. For the most part it is easy-going with lots of wop-to-dos and a few rougher sections that required 4WD (at least with a trailer in tow).

 Jeep Trailer Dinoot M416 on Santiam Wagon Trail Oregon

 Jeep Trailer Dinoot M416 on Santiam Wagon Trail Oregon rough patch

 Jeep Trailer Dinoot M416 on Santiam Wagon Trail Oregon Mt Washington wilderness

The picture doesn’t do it justice; the light was hitting perfectly in this area so the bark-less trees were glowing silver. It was very cool to see that kind of interesting beauty popping out of “devastation”.

 Jeep Trailer Dinoot M416 on Santiam Wagon Trail Oregon Mt Washington wilderness old fire

We followed the Wagon road past Big Lake and Sand Mountain.  A locked gate at the junction of FSR 890 surprised us, so instead of continuing back to Hwy 126, we took FSR 890 and dropped in on Hwy 22 across from Lost Lake.

 Jeep Trailer Dinoot M416 on Santiam Wagon Trail Oregon above Lost Lake

After a break at Lost Lake, we headed for home. You could easily turn this into a nice multi-day trip visiting the many waterfalls on the upper McKenzie River, the waterfalls off the lower part of the old McKenzie Hwy and/or a stop at the Belknap Hot Springs.


Have you been thinking about building a DIY camping trailer for your motorcycle?

This build story from the Tventuring.com forum will give you some good ideas. His build begins by using a budget friendly 40”x 48” Harbor Freight frame kit. Having a CNC router, he got fancy making the trailer box, although the design would be straightforward to do with a corner block building method.

His will be a Tent Topped motorcycle trailer using a roof top style tent unit from Top-Tent.com. The expected dry weight of his trailer will be 270-300 pounds.

For full details visit his build thread on our forum here.