Pelican Butte

OutAndBack • 29 mi • 0 ft

A fantastic drive to an 8,036-foot summit that has views of the Sky Lakes and Mountain Lakes Wildernesses, Mt. McLoughlin, Upper Klamath Lake, and the Klamath Basin. Narrow, switchbacked, occasionally muddy, and rutted dirt road. Waterbars.
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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Klamath Falls
Length: 29 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to difficult
Top Elevation: 8,036 feet
Other Uses: Photography, camping, picnicking, hiking, historic sites, geological/ botanical points of interest, wilderness access
Local Contacts: Winema National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Lake of the Woods North, Pelican Butte
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As of 07/19/16, the trail has been cleared. I'm glad too because I really wanted to do this run before heading back home to Cali. The views are absolutely amazing at the peak!! The photos sure don't do it justice. Also, the snow is off the road now for the summer.


As of 6/5/16 FR-980 is not traversable due to large trees being down on the road. I found this out the hard way and had to turn back. Hopefully they will clear it out soon!

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