Lake of the Woods / High Lakes Trail

Medford, Oregon

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In the summertime hikers and mountain bikers flock to this popular trail than runs through meadows of wildflowers. In the wintertime the scene changes dramatically; a hiker’s eyes are lifted from the meadows and up into the surrounding mountains. Mount McLoughlin dominates the northern skyline, while 7,300-foot Brown Mountain is on the south. Nearby Fish Lake has a resort and is well known in southern Oregon for, well, fishing. In the winter things quiet down dramatically, and snowshoers will have only snowmobilers to relate to while they’re here. Along the way you’ll be in the midst of the Brown Mountain lava flows, which you hope are well covered with snow. On a small portion of this hike you’ll pass through an ancient southern Oregon conifer forest, but for most of the route you’ll be awed by extensive views north and south. And if you start from the Fish Lake area, you’ll intersect the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail in the early portion of this hike.

Lake of the Woods / High Lakes Trail Professional Review and Guide

"In the summertime hikers and mountain bikers flock to this popular trail than runs through meadows of wildflowers. In the wintertime the scene changes dramatically; a hiker’s eyes are lifted from the meadows and up into the surrounding mountains. Mount McLoughlin dominates the northern skyline, while 7,300-foot Brown Mountain is on the south.

Nearby Fish Lake has a resort and is well known in southern Oregon for, well, fishing. In the winter things quiet down dramatically, and snowshoers will have only snowmobilers to relate to while they’re here. Along the way you’ll be in the midst of the Brown Mountain lava flows, which you hope are well covered with snow. On a small portion of this hike you’ll pass through an ancient southern Oregon conifer forest, but for most of the route you’ll be awed by extensive views north and south. And if you start from the Fish Lake area, you’ll intersect the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail in the early portion of this hike."

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Medford
Distance: 9
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: January through March
Trailhead Elevation: 4,600 feet
Top Elevation: 5,220 feet
Local Contacts: Rogue River National Forest; Ashland Ranger District
Local Maps: USFS Sky Lakes Wilderness; USGS Mount McLoughlin
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake of the Woods / High Lakes Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

2/14/2004
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I never went hiking on this trail, but have stayed at one of our family/friends private cabin, I mostly believe what the other person said is correct, but i highly reccomend bringing your bathing suit!! i'v gone intertubing, swimming, diving with a mask, fishing, diving. I'v gone there during the fourth of july, and they set out their own firework show. If you don't own or know anyone who owns a cabin, they rent out RV and tent sites, and rent out cabins. They have a lodge, marina, grill, restruant, and shop with old fassion food, candy and games. This is definatly not a place for hi tech people as they don't have cable or internet plug ins. This is a pretty old fassion place, and is very casual, t-shirts and jeans. They even have there own colthing line there. The other person stated the web site, Bye.



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