Southern Oregon Hiking
On A Klamath Vacation

There are many Southern Oregon hiking opportunities on a Klamath Vacation. Try an easy trail through the forest with a day pack, or for something more strenuous climb one of the many trails in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness and Sky Lakes Wilderness areas. You might prefer something really difficult like hiking up Mt. McLoughlin at an elevation of 9495 feet. Or, try one of many hiking trails at Crater Lake National Park.

Hiking season in the Eastern Cascades or in the Winema National Forest is from June to early October depending on the snow. The best time to hike in this area is in September and early October due to the absence of mosquitoes.

Mountain Lakes Wilderness west of Klamath Falls, Oregon

Most of these trails are easily accessible and can be completed in one day. The typical hike ranges from 4 to 12 miles. There are opportunities to see plenty of wildlife including plenty of deer and an occasional bear. On several of the trails you’ll encounter crystal clear lakes which are great for going swimming!

To get a list of the wilderness trails in the Sky Lakes Wilderness or the Mountain Lakes Wilderness areas, drop by the Fremont-Winema National Forest Headquarters located at 2819 Dahlia St. in Klamath Falls, Oregon. (Dahlia is the street between McDonald's and Burger King.) The guide is free and contains valuable information about the trails and area regulations.

Anthony Igou

Let me introduce you to Anthony Igou. He is a hiking enthusiast! He has hiked many of the Southern Oregon hiking trails in both the Mountain Lakes and Sky Lakes Wilderness areas. His favorite hike is the Cherry Creek Trail in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. It is difficult and the elevation ranges from 4600 to 6000 feet. He suggests that you wear warm clothes, carry a map and a compass, and a water filtration kit (and mosquito spray).

Anthony also likes to hike the Nannie Creek trail and the Sevenmile trail. The best time he likes to hike is the end of May or in the fall because the mosquitoes are quite numerous in the summer months. He says the “classic” hike is the Clover Creek Trail which joins the Lakes Loop Trail to Lake Harriette.

Click on the following links to find out more information about Southern Oregon hiking on a Klamath Vacation –

  • Mountain Lakes Wilderness Trails

  • Sky Lakes Wilderness Trails

  • Crater Lake Hiking Trails

Planning is an essential ingredient of any hike – even if it is an easy one. Here is a list of things to consider:

  • Footwear and socks
  • Right clothing and hat
  • Be in good shape
  • Don’t go alone
  • Let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to return
  • Food and water
  • Water filtration kit
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Be prepared for emergencies
  • Swimming suit

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