Mountain Lakes Loop Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews
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Mountain Lakes Loop Trail is a 16.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Klamath Falls, 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 October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 16.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3,782 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly


horseback riding

nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers



Mountains Lake Loop Trail is a 7.5 mile trail that loops around the mountain lakes and can be accessed from 3 different trails: Varney Creek Trail (4.4mi), Mountain Lakes Trail (5.1mi), and Clover Creek Trail (3.6mi). Total mileage based off of Varney. Aspen Butte is highest point on trail at 8208ft

Wed Jul 11 2018

This half of the trail is rough. More of an incline than the first half on Varney Creek and there are more fallen trees to hurdle over. There are several lakes on this loop. Wouldn’t recommend hiking it until mid-summer. At the top of the loop there was still quite a bit of snow pack (2-3 feet) when I went in May. Come mosquito prepared!

Wed Jul 04 2018

Backpacked with 3 other friends to camp on the north side of Lake Harriette. Pretty difficult with 30+ lbs strapped to you but worth it. I advise taking the left side to get to the Lakes quicker when you hit the fork on top of the mountain.

Thu Sep 28 2017

Such a pretty trail! Not another single person around which made for a lovely hike.

Wed Aug 30 2017

Good hike, middle of summer (July 20th) was hot during the hike in and out, especially closer to the trail head. The hike is steadily up hill the whole way until you get to the base of the caldera, then it becomes a bit steeper. First you come to Eb and Zeb lakes and then Lake Como where there is at least one camp site. We kept going to Lake Harrriette which is beautiful! Several camp sites around the north and north east section of the lakes. We were the only ones there on a Friday night but passed 3-4 groups of day hikers on the way out Saturday morning. We didn't have time to make the full loop so we hiked out the same way we came in. Only complaint is the mosquitoes. We were warned that they were bad in June and early July but mid-late July was still pretty bad. Consider yourself warned. Great hike, only bad part was the little devils.

Sat Jun 06 2015

I couldn't find this trail but I found one of them that are on the same group. Definitely need mosquito spray. After I buy me some mosquito spray going to go back and explore some more over there

Fri May 22 2015

Nice trail with pretty little lakes.

Sun May 17 2015

Love the lakes up here. Good workout, mosquito spray is a must for summer months.

Thu Sep 06 2012

Very few people, usually. Some difficult ups and downs. Scenic lakes. Take the bug spray if you are hiking along the creek section late in the afternoon. Overall, one of the best hikes in Mountain Lakes Wilderness.

Mon Jul 30 2012

Lake como and lake harriot are amazing! Lake harriot is an alpine lake gem! The water is so clear and it's very peaceful here! There was a lot of Mosquitos though!!!

Wed Oct 26 2011

Hiked 10/24-10/25 and took me two days to hike the Varney Trail and Mountain Lakes Loop Trail going clockwise. Bring water and blankets this time of year. I didn't bring enough and I froze.

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Wed Aug 12 2015