Vulcan Lake

Big Craggies, Oregon 97531

Vulcan Lake

Vulcan Lake Professional Guide

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"From the Vulcan Lake trailhead, the path travels along a road that once led to chrome mines near here; then, in 0.25 mile, it begins a 0.5-mile climb up a slope of tawny talus and outcrops, the dunnage of a collision between the North American continent with the Klamath microcontinent and seafloor about 130 million years ago."

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Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series) (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"Experience the raw beauty of the rugged and remote Kalmiopsis Wilderness. This scenic hike takes you over an open, windswept ridge to a viewpoint of the spectacular glacier-carved basin that cradles Vulcan Lake. Once you reach this scenic lake and descend the ridge, you’ll want to spend hours sitting on the boulder-strewn lakeshore gazing at the crystal-clear water of the high alpine lake. Established in 1907 the 1,163,484-acre Siskiyou National Forest contains within its boundaries the Klamath, Coast, and Siskiyou Mountain ranges.The wild and rugged Siskiyou National Forest boasts five wilderness areas: Grassy Knob, Red Buttes, Siskiyou,Wild Rogue, and the Kalmiopsis." Read more
Best Dog Hikes Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Sawyer
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"A beautiful alpine lake in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, at the base of Vulcan Peak. You and your pet will have a great time nosing around this geological wonderland lush with flora. The drive past the Vulcan Peak Trail out to the Vulcan Lake Trail, and the first part of the hike, were all heavily impacted by the 2002 Biscuit Fire that burned 500,000 acres in and around the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. This won’t affect the hike, aside from making the first 1.5 miles a little more open, with more vista opportunities. Watching the forest slowly recover on this already harsh site can be interesting." Read more
Hiking Southern Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Art Bernstein and Zach Urness
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"A beautiful alpine lake in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness, at the base of Vulcan Peak. A serpentinite area of geological and botanical interest. The trailhead has room for 6 to 8 cars. The road is extremely bumpy and rough. You can get there with a low-clearance passenger car, but drive slowly to ensure your vehicle doesn’t fall apart. The final few miles follow the edge of a steep, exposed road cut with no guardrails. The path is only 1.4 miles long. It begins life on an old mining road but after a few hundred feet veers off to the right at a marker. The Vulcan Lake Trail climbs 1.0 mile and rises 503 feet over a rocky ridge from which you can see clear across the Kalmiopsis Wilderness to Pearsoll Peak, highest in the wilderness. There are steep spots, but the walk isn’t difficult." Read more

Vulcan Lake Reviews

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7/8/2005
This was a wonderful hike for the whole family. We made it to tree line in about 1 hour and then turned around. Great views of Mt Bailey and Diamond Lake as you near the top. Hike was fairly easy on non-hiking family members as long as you take frequent breaks. We trained for 2 yrs for this hike and it was well worth the time and effort. Training made the hike up less taxing on our breathing. Go ..enjoy
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9/1/2004
Great view. One of my most memorable hikes to date. Wear good shoes. Make sure your dogs pads don't get too beat up before you reach the top. Boulder up to the top and sign your name and you'll be rewarded with a fantastic view of the Cascades.
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7/24/2004
Get an early start and take plenty of water. The hike seems longer than 8 miles out and back because of the elevation change. The last mile is strenuous and difficult to get footing. The last half mile of sharp rocks and scree is very abrasive for dog's paws. The climb at the top is moderate and well worth the view. Technical gear is not required as it is more bouldering than rock climbing. Make sure to sign the log in the metal pipe at the top.
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Trail Information

Big Craggies
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Spring, summer
Season
Swimming
Additional Use
Views
Features
Rogue River National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Chetco Peak 7.5' quadrangle
Local Maps

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Dec 2018