Hinkle Lake Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Williams, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until October.
it could be an advenchure just getting to the trail head. you do have some elevation gain in this. was a great hike. some small water crossings for dogs. my son took his dog one and a half year old lab did very well. we blue past fir glade and wondered how slow we where going, got to steve fork trail and stopped for lunch. then we new we had gone 2.6 miles instead of 1.5.got started hiking about 10.am. could take you about 2 hours to drive to trail head from jacksonville. lots of wild flowers.some logs across the trail only one big one. and the views of red butte wilderness are wonderful. at steve fork trail you are looking out at buck mountain, and azalea lake is about 180 degress on the other side of buck. trail is well marked. their is some brush hiking, where the brush is rubbing on both sides of your pack. keep climbing to thompson pass. from thompson pass to azalea pass it is a climb. half way up to azalea pass you might get cell phone coverage at this point from the south, if you want to call someone. turn left and head down the trail to the lake, sig saging down, while you are thinking when you come out you will start with with a climb back up. i had hiked into azalea lake back in 1968. before this trail was there. we came in from the east on a 12 mile one way trail. the second half of the trail gets dry for water for dogs or people. i drank about 60 oz on the way in and a sports drink. camp sites are good with fire rings, was suprised how green everything still was at the end of july.the flowers at the lake where about 2 weeks past due, but on the trail where in there prime.