Explore the most popular lake 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.

Excellent trail so close to cabins

3 months ago

beautiful this time of year, lots of snow, clear trail.

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.

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 Past outdated reviews note trees on trail; the trail is now completely clean.

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.

7 months ago

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

Amazing trail with wildlife! It's was raining and the winds were soft! Definitely recommend!

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

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!

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.

Beautiful walk through the dense forests with the lake on one side. Make sure to bring your change of clothes so you can jump into the lake :) The trail goes through the resort area and very close to recreational areas so it isn't very secluded, but a worthwhile hike nonetheless.

9 months ago

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

Good loop with lots of beautiful lakes. The trail that connects Blue Lake Basin back over to Meadow Lakes area is not well maintained. A lot of over, under, and around fallen trees. It really slowed our pace and it was during the major elevation change which is difficult anyway.

9 months ago

Very well maintained with nice views of Mt. McLoughlin.

Take lots of bug spray!

10 months ago

Hiked this on July 6th....still had some snow patches! Made for a great solo hike and Puck Lake was calm and clear. Perfect hike to try out my new Black Diamond poles (especially on the initial switchbacks). Please follow all camping/fire restrictions and Leave No Trace!

Pretty nice trail. We started at the trail head for nf 3640 and walked east to Great Meadow parking lot and back. Once we got to the starting trailhead we continue west for 2 miles until we came upon a huge volcanic lava rock area. Here we headed back to the starting point and logged 9.5 miles.

Being 4th of July weekend the trial was awesome! Few people and bikers! Everyone was friendly and nice.

The area is nicely cover with trees but carry bug spray.

can hear the creek for most of the hike. July hike and snow started about 4 miles in. would not rate moderate, rather gentle incline. More of Easy trail. lake is spectacular. will hike again.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Sunday, November 13, 2016

in August the lake is teeming with frogs. my kids loved it so much. even though the hike is difficult for kids it's not too much. there were quite a few downed trees though.

paddle sports
Monday, October 03, 2016

I love hiking around Lake of the Woods and getting out of the lake.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mod- hard trail! I felt like getting there to both lake was the hardest! Total 12 miles in and out trail! Rainy day! And snow on the trail! It was still an awesome hike!

Monday, September 12, 2016

took this train in early- mid September and only a few other hikers on the trail. we had Lake Harriette to ourselves and it was completely beautiful! Lake Como was an amazing turquoise!
the uphill all the way to Harriette is an awesome workout. will definitely do this trail again. just about 8 downed trees to climb over or go around...pretty clear.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

We hiked this trail for National Trail Day. It was still pretty early in the season up there, so the mosquito situation wasn't too bad yet. The trailhead is within the Four Mile Lake camp area, and the road up there is gravel, about 1.5 cars wide, and well maintained. As another reviewer mentioned, you start on the Badger Trail, which eventually forks into the Squaw Lake trail. Because we went so early in June, there was still a lot of snow on the trail, and at one point, a section of the trail was washed out with melting snow. We made it about a half-mile past Orris and Norris ponds before hitting a large stretch of snow that we didn't feel like post-holing through. I was disappointed not to make it to the Squaw Lake goal, so maybe we'll try it again later in the summer.

Friday, July 15, 2016

this was a beautiful hike even though we didn't get to finish due to the mosquitoes. there are a lot of them in July so don't forget your big spray. also the path is quite narrow on some spots so makes strollers very hard to control. all in all my family of 5 really enjoyed it.

Great hike! Little confusing to get to trail head. But basically you turn off on a dirt road from 140. Go down a mile or so before turning left at the signs. Then, turn right when you can. There's a stop sign on the right. Take that to the top where there's a trailhead sign. We just went to where the loop around the lake began and back. 8.8 miles.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Did the sunset trail and swam in the lake. Beautiful trail, romantic and mellow!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

One of the loveliest hikes I have done in Southern Oregon. I can't wait to do the whole Mountain Lakes Loop.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The trail was very dry and narrow so I kept my dog in front of me to avoid kicking dirt into his face. Definitely provides a full day of hiking. Extremely peaceful once you reach the beautiful mountain lake! Pack plenty of water!

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