Cliff Lake

Tiller, Oregon

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Even without knowing the geology, this is a beautiful area of lakes, dense forests, vertical ridges, and jagged summits. To fully appreciate this short, easy hike from the most popular trailhead in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, one must be aware of a geological event occurring 6,000 years ago. Imagine a 5,500-foot mountain, formed by ancient lava flows, suddenly breaking in half and sending millions of tons of rubble into the valley, 2,500 feet below. Such an event created the escarpment above Cliff Lake and impounded the waters of Buckeye, Cliff, and Fish Lakes. Highlights: An easy hike off the South Umpqua River to a beautiful pair of lakes, then to the top of a mountain; interesting geology.
Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous

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Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous

by Art Bernstein (Falcon Guides)

Even without knowing the geology, this is a beautiful area of lakes, dense forests, vertical ridges, and jagged summits. To fully appreciate this short, easy hike from the most popular trailhead in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, one must be aware of a geological event occurring 6,000 years ago.

Imagine a 5,500-foot mountain, formed by ancient lava flows, suddenly breaking in half and sending millions of tons of rubble into the valley, 2,500 feet below. Such an event created the escarpment above Cliff Lake and impounded the waters of Buckeye, Cliff, and Fish Lakes. Highlights: An easy hike off the South Umpqua River to a beautiful pair of lakes, then to the top of a mountain; interesting geology.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tiller
Distance: 7.2
Elevation Gain: 1,923 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best May to November
Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 feet
Top Elevation: 5,523 feet
Local Maps: USGS Buckeye Lake
Topo Map: Cliff Lake Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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