Fish Lake

Trail, Oregon

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At an elevation of only 3,370 feet, Fish Lake lies well below any other glacial lake in southern Oregon. The explanation is that Fish Lake was caused not by glaciers (although it occupies an ancient glacial valley), but by damming from a tremendous landslide off nearby Grasshopper Mountain, 6,000 years ago—the same landslide that created Cliff and Buckeye Lakes. Fish Lake is accessible during any season but the absolute dead of winter. Highlight: A large, gorgeous, geologically unusual mountain lake in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness.
Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous

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Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous

by Art Bernstein (Falcon Guides)

At an elevation of only 3,370 feet, Fish Lake lies well below any other glacial lake in southern Oregon. The explanation is that Fish Lake was caused not by glaciers (although it occupies an ancient glacial valley), but by damming from a tremendous landslide off nearby Grasshopper Mountain, 6,000 years ago—the same landslide that created Cliff and Buckeye Lakes.

Fish Lake is accessible during any season but the absolute dead of winter. Highlight: A large, gorgeous, geologically unusual mountain lake in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness.

©  Art Bernstein/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Trail
Length: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,070 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best April to December
Trailhead Elevation: 2,300 feet
Top Elevation: 4,200 feet
Local Maps: USGS Buckeye Lake
Topo Map: Fish 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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