Mountain Lakes Hiking
On A Klamath Vacation

The best time for Mountain Lakes hiking on one of the Wilderness Trails is in late June after the snow has melted. The hiking season ends with the snow storms in October. The least crowded time to go is during the weekdays and on the weekends the trails can get busier. On holiday weekends it can get crowded.

The weather can be unpredictable at times. The temperature range is between the 40’s and 50’s at night to the 80’s in the day. Mosquitoes are thick until August but are not much of a problem for the rest of the hiking season. There can be an occasional thunderstorm and it has been known to snow every month of the year.

Wilderness Hiking

The lakes are stocked with fish every year with Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout. Northwest Trail Passes are not required on any of the trail heads. Campfire permits are not required, however, in fire season no campfires are allowed. Check with the Winema National Forest Service before going on your hike.

Clover Creek3.6 milesModerateJune-October5600-7000'
Mt. Lakes Loop7.5 milesModerateJune-October6900-7400'
Mt. Lakes5.1 milesModerateJune-October5200-7300'
South Pass1.9 milesModerateJune-October7100-6300'
Varney Creek4.4 milesModerateJune-October5600-6600'

The following rules are enforced in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness –

  • Group size is limited to 10 people and/or stock in any combination
  • Camp at least 100 feet from lake shores, streams, or springs. If you have horses or pack animals camp at least 200 feet away
  • Pack and saddle stock should stay at least 200 feet away from all water sources unless on established trails
  • Stay out of areas marked as ‘restoration sites'
  • Bicycles, motorcycles, and other mechanized equipment are prohibited within the wilderness and on the premises of wilderness trails that are outside the boundary

Winter activities, including cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, are becoming more popular in the lower elevations of the wilderness trails.

For more information, please contact:

Klamath Ranger District
2819 Dahlia Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601

Note: The above information for this page based from the USDA booklet “Wilderness Trails on the Klamath Ranger District” available at no charge from the address above.

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