Explore the most popular lake trails in Rogue River National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great family hike replete with cave and Bigfoot trap, great ending point at the peak after enjoying lunch and the views! I've hiked this 5 times...each time great...plus the lake is right around the corner for a swim after :)

Butt cheeks beware! There is a lot of incline on this one. I followed this exactly as it’s laid out and my Fitbit watch said it was 16.7 miles, so 1 mile longer than All Trails has it. You get 360 degree views because your essentially circling the mountains. About 6.5 miles of the total is walking from the parking lot to the Little Grayback Trail (3.62 miles) and from the gate on Upper Applegate at the end of the trails back to the parking lot (2.83 miles). The most dangerous part of the entire hike is the walk back to your vehicle on Upper Applegate. Use the All Trails app to GPS yourself when you get close to the connecting trails. The transition from Grayback to Trail 918 is not marked. When you get to the point of transition, go left and you’ll see a trail with a very steep decline that leads to a road that you can clearly see. The road is Trail 918 and it will dead-end at the Baldy Peak/Mule Trailhead. When you reach the next transition from 918 to 919, make sure you veer left. When you get to the bottom there is a sign that says Mule Mtn, veer right and it will take you to Upper Applegate Rd. Hope this helps. Happy hiking!

Love this trail, it's beautiful not super hard. Some nice fishing in some of the lakes also!

Great hike.... not to much up and down, and would be great for bikes although we walked... def do again.

Beautiful hike. A lot of down trees on the way up but a couple of crews were up there clearing the trail. On the way back to the trail head there was a huge difference in the trail. No more trees down less brush on the trail. Still a lot of big rocks and areas where it's hard to keep traction. It's the side of a mountain can't expect there to not be rocks/trees.

Well-maintained trail accessing the southwestern corner of the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Camping opportunities are fairly limited.

hiking
10 months ago

There is a loop trail once you get to the lake that climbs up past Little Miller Lake full of lily pads and to the summit for a peek at Shasta and a good view of Grayback Mountain. Nice wildflowers even mid-July and minimal bugs.
The road with the stream crossing about 3 miles before the trailhead is very narrow and steep in and out of the stream. We were in a high clearance truck with skid plates and needed the skid plates plus 4 wheel drive. Wouldn't have wanted to cross it with any more water running.

Easy well maintained trail to the lakes. Be prepared for the insane amount of mosquitos.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome lake, looks like there's some great fishing possible. Small bank but the water is clear and cool. No cell service. The road is treacherous currently, need a truck or SUV to traverse it. There are two washed out spots on Road 1020 that have been covered with dirt so you can drive over the top but you need a high clearance 4x4. The creek is about 2 feet deep currently, it definitely was fun but challenging. I drive a 2005 GMC Yukon and it did great! Safe travels!

hiking
11 months ago

The trail description says the trail is 14.3 miles. Actually it is about 2.5 miles because the trail starts at Middle Lake and ends at Lake Ivern. From Middle Lake to the trail head is Seven Lakes Trail.

great hike! huckleberries galore-great for overnight camping! wonderful swimming hole!

hiking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

I love this hike. But it should be noted that you need high clearance vehicle to cross the stream and should not be attentive during high water. In June the wild flower display is remarkable.

hiking
Friday, January 20, 2017

wow this name.... pretty harsh, i think it should be renamed, jeez, insensitive!!!

hiking
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

beautiful trail. mostly level. not sure how far we made it. amazing seeing the lake so low.

Usually do this during the summer months with my daughter and our dogs, taking dips along the way. Have backpacked all the way around the Lake few years back.

hiking
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Had a great time on this trail with my daughter and our dogs. The trail around the Miller Lake is approx 2 miles,. As you climb up to the ridge you will find a smaller lake, and as you reach the top you will be able to see Mt Shasta on one side and Mt McLoughlin on the other side.

hiking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

Great hike when water is up, skip it when the water level is low.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pretty hard to find trail at times got off going and coming back. We had to backtrack. Watch for blazes put on trees by Forest Service. A lot of fallen trees over the trail and some are no so easy to get around. It was fun and serene. I will do it again.

The Blue Canyon Trail in.Butte Falls, OR in the topo map is not visible, and when switched to the satellite map, is only a partial trail. If this is fixed I will change my rating.

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Trail is in the woods with sporadic views of the lake. Not much altitude change and not much excitement either. Saw some deer, geese, woodpeckers and turkey.

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

the trail is great scenery. the issue is with the fallen trees that block the trail for the first 3 miles

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fantastic trip! I would not call this well maintained or highly frequented trail however. Or at least, it wasn't when we were there. The entire 1st mile of the trip is covered in tree fall and bypasses. Be sure you bring a headlamp or other light source if there's even a chance of returning past dusk (trees are thick, with little ambient light, coupled with frequent unmarked bypasses forcing you to leave the trail and re-acquire.
Trail opens up as you gain elevation. The pass before devils peak leads you down into a cool pocket and Alta lake. Cliff Lake not far after that. We went in early July and the mosquitoes were quite bad. Went on a Sunday and didn't see a soul at the trailhead or on the trail.

Love this spot. Good easy trail and lots of water for the dogs to play in.

hiking
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Hiked this as part of a loop with other connecting trails, including the Payette Trail. Moderate difficulty considering the incline, not much in the way of views, but convenient for connecting the surrounding trails.

hiking
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Decent trail to break up the boredom of winter, but not the best for scenery or physical challenge. Definitely an easy trail, and despite the trail being poorly marked at times, I think it would be difficult to get too lost. We made this a loop by hiking back to the French Gulch TH on some of the other connecting trails. We hiked on Valentine's Day and passed by several other groups or couples. I caught a nice vista over the lake once or twice, but nothing amazing (given, Southern Oregon and Northern CA trails offer some stiff competition in the "best views" category!).

camping
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Was planning to spend a couple days up at cliff lake but the weather turned pretty bad quickly. Turned the trip into a day hike. Very nice trail with some great lakes in the basin.

camping
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I finally got back here after nearly 50 years. When we finished building this trail you could have driven a car on it, a bit of an exaggeration, but our boss did drive his motor cycle on it. Rather quickly too, as we had just stirred up a yellow jacket nest. While it was great to visit I was very disappointed in the condition of the trail. It looks as if the Forest Service has abandoned the it. Numerous trees across it that have clearly been there for a few season. I went as far as Buckley Spring which was my goal. I would like to have gone all of the way to Lake Ivern but too much dead fall and I was tired.

The Basin is a great place. Glad I made the trip.

This is a great trail that take you into some beautiful wilderness.

The Beginning of Payette trail is pretty nice an forresty then it gets more scrubby and on the side of the hill with the lake WAY below. I liked the beginning but not the rest so much. It looked pretty sweet continuing on from Payette TRHD but I had to turn around at that point

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I haven't hiked this trail since about 1967-68. I worked for the Forest Service out of Butte Falls. I was a member of the trail crew that build the Lake Ivern Trail. There were 5 of us on the crew and we worked for 10 days and then 4 days off. Pack mules would bring our supplies in - food, sleeping cots, fuel for chains saws and rock drill, dynamite and misc camping supplies.

As the summer wore on the snow packs melted and we then relied on springs for our drinking water. Back in the days when you could bend down and drink right from the spring. On one of my days off I made a sign using the forest service sign materiel "Buckley Spring". When we got back to the trail I nailed in to a tree near the spring. There was also Jahn Spring for Phil Jahn, another member of the crew.

We setup our last camp near Lake Ivern, "Big Foot Spring Campground" . I don't know if it's still there but I did see a reference to Big Foot Spring in some hiking book. I hope to get back there in the summer of 2015. I would like to visit my spring.

Bruce Buckley

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