Vulcan Lake

Big Craggies, Oregon 97531

Vulcan Lake

Vulcan Lake Professional Review and Guide

"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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"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."

"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."

"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 a spectacular glacier-carved basin that cradles Vulcan Lake.

Once you reach this scenic lake, and descend down the ridge, you’ll want to spend hours sitting atop the boulder-strewn lakeshore staring at the crystal-clear water of this high-alpine lake. Trail surface: Graded dirt path with some rocky sections."

"Talk about contrasts. The tan, weathered, buff-orange bedrock in which beautiful Vulcan Lake nestles, with Vulcan Peak rising abruptly overhead, contains such a high percentage of serpentinite rock that the area is a virtual desert.

The few trees and shrubs are stunted and bizarre. And yet, from the trail summit above the lake, one can see the Pacific Ocean and the lush vegetation of the coastal mountains. Of the many alpine glacial lakes in southern Oregon and northern California, this is the only one reached from the coast. Highlight: A beautiful little alpine lake in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness within view of the ocean. Botanical interest."

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
Rogue River National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Chetco Peak 7.5' quadrangle
Local Maps

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Nov 2018