Lish Lake via Vulcan Lake Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Brookings, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Brookings: Travel northeast on County Road 784 (North Bank) to Forest Service Road 1376. Follow 1376 northeast to Forest Service Road 1909 east and the trailhead at road's end (32 miles from Brookings).
Fun trail but be careful it forks of at very beginning of trail and only a tiny handmade sign pointing the right way.
The road going to the trail head is awful but the hike is great the lake is nice
As already stated the road to the trail head can be really bad. I managed to make it to the trail head in a small car but i wouldn't recommend it. The trail is easy to follow and leads right to the lake. There are a few camping spots along the lake making for an easy backpacking trail.
Please refer to my "Vulcan Lake" hike elsewhere in these reviews. Little Vulcan Lake is a small and rather shallow lake line with shrubs and patches of darlingtonia (insect eating plants) along a grassy/rocky shoreline. A rather faint trail from Vulcan Lake leads to the obvious location of this nice lake.
The drive to get to the trailhead can be a bit challenging because of the poor roads but can be done with a high clearance passenger vehicle. The hike itself is fairly easy with some nice views east as the trail slowly climbs up to a saddle and then descends towards the lakes. Great views of both Vulcan Lake and Little Vulcan Lake. The main trail leads to Vulcan Lake which is set underneath Vulcan Peak with a couple of nice campsites. The path to Little Vulcan is a little obscure but since the location is rather obvious, it's easy to find. Little Vulcan is fairly small and surrounded by shrubs and grasses with patches of darlingtonia (insect eating plants). This is a great fall hike but could be a bit warm in summer. There's other hiking opportunities from this trailhead to Salamander Lake and Vulcan Peak (just before the Vulcan Lake TH)