Bolan Lake Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Bolan Lake Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cave Junction, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.7 miles
547 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips





wild flowers


35.5 miles south of Grants Pass on Hwy199 take left on Waldo rd/Happy Camp Rd for 17.5 miles then left on signed Bolan Lake Rd. At about 4 miles arrive at junction with signed Bolan Lake turnoff (Rd040) on left. Follow 2 miles to lake.

9 months ago

lookout is great!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

very worth the steep incline. the view is amazing

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

nice camp ground, caught brook trout and hiked to the look out.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This trail is actually a trail up to Bolan Mountain Lookout from Bolan Lake. There is a short trail around the lake but the described trail here is to the lookout which overlooks the Lake. The trail starts from the north end of the lake and steadily climbs through a beautiful forest which becomes more rocky as it climbs to a saddle with great views and then the trail becomes a little easier from this point. Finally the trail reaches a road which accesses the lookout and from here it's a short walk up to the lookout. The lookout is available for rent which I did in mid Sept of 2010. The weather was cool and a bit wet at that time but still it was great with views to the ocean and the Klamath River drainage. As noted, a road does access the lookout for those staying there with a locked gate at the bottom for renter's use only. There's a few campsites at the lake with picnic tables, fire pits and nearby toilet. Also fairly close drive to Tannen Lakes hike.