A 150-mile loop over the southern Oregon Cascade Mountains, along the western shore of Upper Klamath Lake and through the Rogue River and Bear Creek valleys. In the first seventeen miles, the drive climbs from about 1,900 feet elevation near Ashland to over 4,000 feet. Continuing east, the route remains on a plateau as it extends through a forested corridor of Douglas fir, enters a transition zone, and climbs through ponderosa pine to 4,696 feet, before descending through grasslands to Klamath Falls. Highway 140 follows the shoreline of Upper Klamath Lake north, travels west through dense forest, and peaks at 5,105 feet, before concluding in grass and farmlands. Both highways are essentially tree-lined corridors with the best scenery sometimes hidden by forest.
Special attractions: Two national forests, Emigrant Lake, Upper Klamath Lake, Lake of the Woods, Fish Lake, Sky Lakes Wilderness, Mountain Lakes Wilderness, hiking, camping, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, wildlife, historic highway, and pioneer trails. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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