Summit Lake Trail is a 2 mile trail located near Jacksonville, OR that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Ruch: Travel south on County Road 859 past the Star Ranger Station and to Applegate Dam. Turn left on the dam and follow the signs to Squaw Lake. The trailhead is located at the parking area.
Okay spot. Sqwua lakes and French gulf trails are better spots to go in the area.
Note that the location for this trail in the all trails map view is wrong. Check (and follow) the directions.
Hiked this May of 2013 and man was it a workout. A Fairly steep hike with several places of loose rock. Most of the trail is easy to make, however there are a few tight spots as you near the top. Don't let the name fool you - no lake by any means but a nice bog/ pond...a beautiful view no doubt. We took this trail not knowing it was marked as "difficult: but felt a bit more accomplished when we made the trek back down. Not for kids by any means - overall a good challenge that takes you to the top.
Would have missed it except for the signs. Walked past the first sign thinking it was just around the bend, walked around the bin to see another sign pointing in the direction we had just come from. It's pretty much a marsh. It looks like a grassy field. No water to dip your toes in...just a hungry bog that might steal a shoe. Our lab found enough in the center to cool off, but he's the only one. We headed back down the mountain and cooled off at Squaw Lakes instead.
It's beautiful, as most of Oregon is, but if water and view points are what you're after, this is a moderately difficult hike and you'll be disappointed once you get to the top.
The trailhead is at the Parking Area for
Squaw Lakes. Nice Trail with Some steep Areas on way to The Lake. You will Know you are getting Close to the Water by the Noise Level of the Frogs .