We spent 3-4 days in our vacation with time in this beautiful forest The contrast in crowds is stark. Cultus Lake and Elk Lake are beautiful lakes but being the summer season they are very crowded with tourists right now. Elk Lake even had a wedding party being held there and it was almost impossible to get parking to take a few photos. Then there is beautiful aquamarine colored Devils Lake along the Cascades Lakes Scenic Byway toward Mt. Bachelor. Only a few kayakers are on the lake and a few tourists taking pictures. Sparks Lake nearby offers great views of South Sister and Broken Top Mt. with again only a few kayakers and campers.