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Miller Lake is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Williams, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 459 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Snow

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Nathan Maynard
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Light to moderate traffic No noise pollution No bathrooms No ATnT reception First, the drive out to this area takes down a two lane paved road that becomes a single paved lane and upon a hill turns to gravel and splits so careful of your speed. The gravel road has some potholes but is not a hard for a low clearance vehicle. The first parking for none truck owners. If you don't own a truck or offroad vehicle to cross the currently shallow creek, you can park before it and hike the road up, adding 3+ miles up to the trailhead parking area. There is dispersed camping around the this deep lake and is perfect for swimming. The trails around the lake don't fully circle the lake and aren't very well maintained but passable. Fishing is popular at this location but beware of dogs, as there were twelve off leash dogs on my visit to this location. The the people were friendly though.

Eddy Hajas
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Nice short hike. Clear water, took the plunge, it was fairly warm. Tried to hike to the upper lake but it was grown in and I was wearing shorts.

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Dan Young
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We drove into this trail head on the 8th of June. You definitely need a 4x4 to get a crossed the stream crossing, Do not attempt this in a car or Subaru! The weather was perfect and the views were incredible. If you take the trail to the right as you are looking at the lake, it will take you around to Upper Miller lake. The trail passes the upper lake, but I do not believe it ties back in, we turned around after the trail made a switch back and began heading back up hill. There are a few downed trees, but nothing is too unmanageable. Definitely a moderate trail due to some uphill and rocky Sections.

Julie Claydon
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We did this hike on Mothers Day weekend (mid-May). The low water crossing on Road 400 was doable with a Jeep 4WD; we all agreed that we certainly wouldn't attempt to cross it in a sedan. The hike to Miller Lake was easy. But the hike from Miller Lake to Upper Lake had at least a dozen or more large patches of heavy snow which made following the trail almost impossible. Will definitely return after the snow has completely melted.

James Tweed
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Miller lake is a nice, small pond, worth finding and spending a few hours at. Getting there requires crossing a creek in a blown out road section. I was in a Subaru and it was just beyond what I felt comfortable with so we parked at the bottom (water level was easily up to the bottom of my doors). Feeling intrepid we crossed the creek and hiked up. This added several miles of straight climb on gravel road to the trail head. Once at the trail head its a quick hike to the lake. Trees down and the steep nature of the actual trail means its not fully accessible to everyone even if you drive to the trail head. Wouldn't bother with the spot if you don't have a car to make the creek crossing. A lifted 4x4 or all wheel drive will do just fine, though i wouldn't trust a long wheel base like a full size pickup. no really any spots to camp so wouldn't bother, but it was a fun day hike.

Dale Schaeffer
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A surprisingly great hike with some wonderful views of Grayback Mountain. The hike around Miller Lake and past Little Miller Lake is well worth your effort and should be a part of your plan. Also plan for the stream crossing about three miles out from the trailhead, it requires four wheel drive and a high ground clearance vehicle.

sarah lafferty
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Absolutely gorgeous and serene. 30 minute incline to the lake then you can keep going to the PCT at the top. The dogs and I both jumped in the lake, not too cold! When your about 2 miles away google maps will tell you to go right, DON'T! Just keep going straight and you'll hit the river crossing. Happy Hiking!

Caleb Murphy
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Don’t use google maps to get you there because it won’t lead you to the correct spot. You will need to drive through a creek with a high clearance 4x4. Besides that it is a great hike worth any amount of hassle to get there. Do yourself a favor and hike the entire trail to the peak. The view will pay you back.

Amy Watson
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Hiking

There is a loop trail once you get to the lake that climbs up past Little Miller Lake full of lily pads and to the summit for a peek at Shasta and a good view of Grayback Mountain. Nice wildflowers even mid-July and minimal bugs. The road with the stream crossing about 3 miles before the trailhead is very narrow and steep in and out of the stream. We were in a high clearance truck with skid plates and needed the skid plates plus 4 wheel drive. Wouldn't have wanted to cross it with any more water running.

Erin Guthrie
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Awesome lake, looks like there's some great fishing possible. Small bank but the water is clear and cool. No cell service. The road is treacherous currently, need a truck or SUV to traverse it. There are two washed out spots on Road 1020 that have been covered with dirt so you can drive over the top but you need a high clearance 4x4. The creek is about 2 feet deep currently, it definitely was fun but challenging. I drive a 2005 GMC Yukon and it did great! Safe travels!

Mariah Dee
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I love this hike. But it should be noted that you need high clearance vehicle to cross the stream and should not be attentive during high water. In June the wild flower display is remarkable.

Linda Johnston
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Had a great time on this trail with my daughter and our dogs. The trail around the Miller Lake is approx 2 miles,. As you climb up to the ridge you will find a smaller lake, and as you reach the top you will be able to see Mt Shasta on one side and Mt McLoughlin on the other side.

Sarah Bergeleen
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Cheyanne Auchard
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Berto Schoenfeld
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Rob N Jeni Mortimore
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Kristine Sziel
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Chris Patton
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Shoes S.
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Berto Schoenfeld
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Caleb Murphy
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Ryan R
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Daeric Anderson
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