Deep in the Winema National Forest outside Klamath Falls is the tiny Mountain Lakes Wilderness. One of Oregon’s smallest wilderness areas at less than 25,000 acres, Mountain Lakes is rugged and has a lot to offer. The highlight of the wilderness is the caldera left over after a large volcano complex collapsed, similar to Crater Lake. The resulting ridges and peaks surround jewel-like lakes, tarns, and ponds.
The hike into the Mountain Lakes up the Clover Creek Trail is challenging and takes you through dense mixed-conifer forest and alpine wildflowers. Once on the rim of the caldera, enjoy the views of the lake basin and surrounding ridges and peaks. Special considerations: The Mountain Lakes Wilderness map has the correct location of the trailhead. Mosquitoes in early season.
Klamath Falls, OR - Backpacking,Climbing,Hiking - Trail Length: 13