Lost Peak via Badger Lake Trail is a 9.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Klamath Falls, OR that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible from June until October.
Directions from Klamath Falls: Travel northwest on Highway 140 and turn right (north) onto Forest Road 3661 (sign indicates Fourmile Lake Campground), just past the turnoff to Lake of the Woods. Continue up the road approximately 5.6 miles to the Fourmile Lake Campground at the road's end. Turn left (west) onto the campground road; follow signs to the trailhead. No Parking Fee.
Pretty easy hike to Badger Lake. Not a ton to see and the skeeters were thick but it was peaceful and quiet. Exactly what we were looking for. Going to do the hike through to Long Lake later this summer.
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.
Attempted to drive tothe trailhead today, April 19, but portions of the road are still covered in snow. A jeep or gi-normous 4 wheel drive truck might make it through but not my sad little element. So, I'll try again next month
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.