Southwest of Bend in the Deschutes National Forest, the Charlton Lake Loop Trail is a spilt double and single track route over 22 miles (1400) providing connection to numerous other routes (Lemish Lake, Johnny Lake, Deer Lake and Cultus Lake). Drive 16 miles south of Bend on Hwy 97 and take the Fall River/Hwy 42 exit. Head 23 miles west on Hwy 42 to the junction with Hwy 46 (Cascade Lakes Hwy) and head straight onto FS 4290. Drive 100 yards to the junction with FS 4291. Park here and begin the loop. Begin by riding west on FS 4290 for two miles to FS 962, on you left. Follow FS 962 for 1.5 miles to FS 200. Turn right and stay on FS 200 to where the road makes a sharp turn to the right. A single track takes off to your left through the trees for a short 0.5 mile mountain bike ride to Johnny Lake. Continue on FS 200 and mountain bike ride out to FS 4290. Turn left and mountain bike ride about 1 mile to the Round Meadow trail, on your left. Logging and thinning in here make this trailhead difficult to find. Ride south on a good single track through the forest, bearing right at the junction of the Twins trail. Continue on past Gerdine Butte and onto the most difficult part of the mountain bike ride, a series of technical climbs and descents to Charlton Lake. Follow around Charlton Lake to your left, and out to FS 4290. Turn right onto FS 4290 and mountain bike ride 0.25 mile and turn left onto the Lemish Lake Trail. Ride 2.0 miles and turn right at the junction of the Clover Meadow Trail. Follow this trail for 2.5 miles and turn right at this junction to return to FS 4290. Turn left and take FS 4290 back to the trailhead.
Overall, Charlton Lake Loop Trail is the 16th most popular mountain bike trail of all 55 mountain biking rides in Oregon.