High Lakes Trail

Ashland, Oregon

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This is a new path that winds through the lava fields between Fish Lake and Lake of the Woods. This wide and smooth trail, the development of High Lakes Trail, provides a link between Brown Mountain Trail and Fish Lake Trail. Tying these three trails together makes a loop of approximately 22 miles. There are some hills to climb, but they are short and easy. The trail gradually gains elevation from west to east. Beginners and out-of-shape riders may find the trip more demanding. Ride begins near Lake of the Woods, about 30 miles northeast of Ashland and approximately 40 miles west of Klamath Falls.
Mountain Bike! Oregon

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Mountain Bike! Oregon

by Laurie & Chris Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

This is a new path that winds through the lava fields between Fish Lake and Lake of the Woods. This wide and smooth trail, the development of High Lakes Trail, provides a link between Brown Mountain Trail and Fish Lake Trail. Tying these three trails together makes a loop of approximately 22 miles.

There are some hills to climb, but they are short and easy. The trail gradually gains elevation from west to east. Beginners and out-of-shape riders may find the trip more demanding. Ride begins near Lake of the Woods, about 30 miles northeast of Ashland and approximately 40 miles west of Klamath Falls.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ashland
Distance: 18.8
Elevation Gain: 865 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Season: Mid-May to October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,635 feet
Top Elevation: 5,200 feet
Local Contacts: Rogue River National Forest, Ashland Ranger District 541-482-3333
Local Maps: District map of the Ashland Ranger District, Rogue River National Forest, USGS Lake of the Woods North and Mountain McLoughlin
Driving Directions: Directions to High Lakes Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/20/2013
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This was a beautiful ride. I started at Fish Lake and rode passed Lake of the Woods to the end of the trail. There is some climbing, but it is easy for an experienced mountain biker. It gradual up and downs through the forest. At time, the trail is exposed to a lava rock bed which adds interests and provides a view. The trail appears to be designed for bikes and there are no sharp, technical turns. At the end of the ride, I swam in the lake before driving back to Medford. Don't forget to bring $5 for a day-use permit. If you are look for a leisurely ride through the forest, I recommend starting that the other end of the trail that is easily accessed from highway 140. Going south, drive passed both Fish Lake and the entrance to Lake of the Woods. You will see a large meadow. At the south end is a large rectangular parking lot with restrooms. Start here and ride on a flat trail to Lake of the Woods. The trail stays flat as you go around the Lake of the Woods and head towards Fish Lake. There is a moderate climb for several miles from Lake of the Woods to Fish Lake before you encounter any major climbing. Whenever you have had enough, you can just turn around for a beautiful, primarily downhill run to Lake of the Woods and a flat ride back to the car.



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