Explore the most popular birding trails in Winema 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.

I've summited several peaks and I won't do this one again...too hot in August (which is really the only time it's not snow packed) due to sun exposure and reflection! Typically smoky this time of year which creates difficulty breathing and seeing the views...a lot of scree at the peak, dangerous and crowded as there is only a cement platform where the lookout used to be...then of course the difficulty with finding the correct route out on the descent...so many have gotten lost and ended up on the PCT...Also a very steep trail in the open...Love Theilsen, Bailey and Union peaks! I recommend those instead!

This use to be one of my favorite hikes. The 2017 fire turned the trail into a moonscape from the trail head to Heavenly Twins Lake. I went in October and the trail was in fair condition. Watch your step because I fell through in two spots where I think a root burned under the trail. Because I use to love that trail. I found it to be a depressing hike.

backpacking
3 months ago

‘‘This trail is a bit challenging to stay on especially near the top. Awesome day hike! Took about 11 hours but I stayed at the top a while.

Love going here just make sure you go during the right time of year especially if you are camping the mosquitos are every where during certain times

Difficult hike, but worth the view! Pack extra water, I ran out the first time I hiked it. Start off early in the morning, it's gonna take most of the day. 4000+ elevation change. Stick to the ridge on the way down, otherwise you might lose the trail down.

hiking
5 months ago

This isn’t a trail. It involves driving to the saddle between Aspen Butte and Little Aspen Butte. Then it’s a matter of bushwhacking up the side of Aspen Butte. Last time I took this hike the woods were full of down trees, so there was a lot of zig-zagging on the way. There are also boulder fields to consider. The view from the top is spectacular.
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hiking
6 months ago

This was a beautiful walk and the lake was well worth it. There are some small ponds on the way which are beautiful in their own way as well.

Couldn't find the trail. Went via Clover Creek TH as summit post.org suggested. The trail was snowy and muddy so lost it before reaching Aspen Butte trail I guess. Not well marked at all. Clover Creek itself was pretty. Not much for views, not sure I'd do it again.

on Mount McLoughlin Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Hard but worth it. Very windy Oct 7.

Very pleasant hike through a pine forest. Very clean, easy-to-follow trail, even after an inch or two of fresh snow. Flat from trailhead to Varney creek crossing (~1.2 m), then a very gradual, evenly-graded incline towards the loop - never steep. Walked to the loop and back in 3.5 h, including breaks. Our GPS agreed with the posted mileage of 4.5 m to the loop (not 4.26). Past outdated reviews note trees on trail; the trail is now completely clean.

hiking
7 months ago

Such a fun, rewarding hike. I was worried about finding the trail, but the white dots made it suele easy to follow. It was super windy at the top and I'm glad I brought my wind breaker!

Had the trail to myself hiking to Lake Harriette yesterday. Beautiful scenery, and I’d call it a mildly moderate trail. I was able to hike the 5.8 miles to the lake in just over an hour and a half. Such a peaceful place, and I got to have a one and one with a bald eagle! I’ll definitely be returning.

i like this hike and have done it a handful of times. cold weather came early this year. we camped at Como but woke up to spitting snow and fog. pretty fall foilage, quiet, clean trail.

Beautiful. Very difficult to get to the top. Worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

Such a pretty trail! Not another single person around which made for a lovely hike.

Went to Harriett lake , beautiful scenery , peaceful 9/15/17-9/17/17

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike. Visibility around 20 miles only but still worth it. First time up there on a Saturday and i was able to still get a half hour at top alone. Cold today but also was refreshing. Well at thought it was cold. There must of been 10 people in spandex pants, running shoes and tank tops. i'm apparently a woos. The ridge trail is really well marked with little white dots. Thanks to who ever did that no matter how many times I thought they were just bird poop. Great Hike. Ended a great week of hikes.

Was a great day. Plus it was so nice to get above the smoke. Boys did great but were very tired once we got back to the car.

First trail the kids and I hit since moving here. Nice easy path to follow. Though we only went up about about 2 miles ("my legs are tiiired") it wasn't difficult at all. We hiked at the end of August so there weren't any bugs and we had plenty of shade. We'll definitely go again and finish it!

hiking
8 months ago

Took us 10 hours, with about 1.5 of breaks, and a slight hour long detour on the decent. The trail at the top is not marked well, we took a wrong turn and stared going down the wrong face of the mountain, Had to double back to the top and restart again. Bring gloves, sunscreen and don't just wear regular sneakers. The trail is very rocky 2/3 of the time, sturdy hiking shoes are a must. Very difficult, but worth the hike.

backpacking
8 months ago

Good hike, middle of summer (July 20th) was hot during the hike in and out, especially closer to the trail head. The hike is steadily up hill the whole way until you get to the base of the caldera, then it becomes a bit steeper. First you come to Eb and Zeb lakes and then Lake Como where there is at least one camp site. We kept going to Lake Harrriette which is beautiful! Several camp sites around the north and north east section of the lakes. We were the only ones there on a Friday night but passed 3-4 groups of day hikers on the way out Saturday morning. We didn't have time to make the full loop so we hiked out the same way we came in. Only complaint is the mosquitoes. We were warned that they were bad in June and early July but mid-late July was still pretty bad. Consider yourself warned. Great hike, only bad part was the little devils.

Bring gloves to protect your hands from the boulders at the top of the mountain. Keep your eyes peeled for the white dots on the rocks, they are marking the trail. Use the app for directions to trailhead, not Google.
* Bring a new notebook if you want to leave your name in the log. The signature log is full and needs to be replaced.

on Mount McLoughlin Trail

hiking
9 months ago

took us 12 hours to walk the 10.9 miles. made it to the top!! very smokey today.

Awesome hike- was definitely an 11 mile hike like the map suggests not 8 miles like this app. Plan for an all day trip, take lots water (my husband and I each has a camel pack plus a small water bottle each and we drank it) take snacks and lunch too! We did not have any bugs :) way up was a steep incline especially towards the top. Lots of loose rock! The end was totally worth it! On the way down the loose gravel made it seem harder than it probably is. We also lost the trail for a bit, but headed east like the map suggests. I suggest wearing shoes that have good traction- the way down was harder because of my shoes. Well worth the day trip!

I'm used to climbing mountains with steep ascents but throw in the terrain and difficult to follow route on this mountain and it turns out not to be as much fun as you'd hoped! The sign at the start says the hike is 11miles but I think it's probably closer to 9miles. The views are beautiful although there was smoke and some clouds effecting our views. Parking at the trailhead is $5. My hiking partner hated this walk and would give it zero stars!!!

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail, a couple of tree's on the trial. But easy to go around. The lake was beautiful.

Amazing hike very hard Up and back take lots of water and snacks make sure you take tracking polls

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike, a little sketchy towards top with loose rock and soft terrain- but take it slowly and you will be fine. My legs never hurt so much at the end, but no pain no gain. Don't forget to sit in the cool creek near trailhead to soak those aching muscles. Trail is well marked with white dots near top so as not to get confused about which direction to head.

It was an awesome adventure and views from the top are amazing! The people we met on the trail were very helpful and encouraging. Definitely bring plenty of water. A lady from Ashland, OR was on the trail and was kind enough to give me her extra water bottle! If she is reading this....THANK YOU AGAIN!!

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