Our hike today took us from Four Mile Lake, past Woodpecker Lake and Badger lake, past Horse Creek Meadows, and to Long Lake. The weather was cloudy and partially raining. The view of Mount McLoughlin was covered by clouds. I'll be coming back when the weather is better. A good test of my layering and waterproof poncho. All lakes are quite low.
We horseback ride up this trail every year. It is a great trail with beautiful views of Mt. McLoughlin. The trail passes several lakes before Badger Lake, then on past Badger Lake is Long Lake, then you connect with the PCT. If you take the PCT to the left you can make a loop around 4 Mile Lake. Long hike, about 5-hour horseback ride. NOTE! This year the trail had not been cleared of several large logs so was not passable by horse to the PCT.
Hiking to Badger Lake is fairly easy as there are no tough climbs. The views of Mt. McLoughlin as you travel along Fourmile Lake are stunning. Once you get to Badger Lake follow the trail to the North Side of the Lake and then continue around the Lake toward the west. You'll come across a well established camping spot.
The lake looks fairly shallow and would probably be a great place to take an afternoon swim in the summer.