Erma Bell Lakes Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Erma Bell Lakes Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oakridge, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1312 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wildlife

trail running
2 months ago

I visit these lakes every year but this was my earliest visit ever. Lots of fresh, clear water in the lakes which are connected by beautiful waterfalls you will pass along trail, one of which must be about 40 feet tall. Lots of mosquitoes in June, July and into August. Treated clothing was effective along with 38% deet lotion. Camped for 2 nights, woke up to two pairs of Bald eagles fishing and chirping in response to each other's movements around the middle of the three lakes. Awesome up close interactions with the eagles as they had no fear of humans, sometimes choosing a perch directly above my camp. Osprey nest here too, and they struggle to keep their catches from the Eagles in terrific aerobatic battles. Nearby, the 5.4 mile Irish Mt trail offers a nice view of the cascade crest. The Skookum campground at the trailhead has a bathroom (but no water) is a nice car camping option. Erma Bell lakes trail is truly a gem!

backpacking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

i would have given this one five stars but the mosquitoes made it pretty miserable. We took two eight year olds for their first trip. trail, hike, camping spots were perfect. we swam in the middle lake and the fish we jumping out of the water! We had 100% deet and were still eaten alive! If you time this for September it might be better? It would have been great if the mosquitoes were not in swarm mode.

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2011

Great hike with lots of Lakes to explore. I did the 8.2 mile loop which takes you to several lakes. I camped halfway through and returned in the AM. BRING THE BUG JUICE in the summer! Taylor Burn Guard Station is very close down a side trail and worth the hike and sits on a picturesque meadow so check your map!