Squaw Lakes Trail

EASY 36 reviews

Squaw Lakes Trail is a 2.6 mile loop trail located near Jacksonville, Oregon and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

2 months ago

We explored here in May and the weather could not have been more perfect. At first we drove past the designated parking area, wondering what was further down the road. If you do that, it will take you to the other smaller lake that has a trail, but not around the whole lake like the other one. We didn't stay long at this spot, just long enough to check out the first picnic spot by the lake which was filled with bugs. So we got back in the car and went back to the designated parking area and walked down towards the big lake (pretty short walk).

The first opening at the lake had great views, but again, tons of bugs. There was also a LOT of dog poop, so I took some time to pick it all up so my kids didn't have to worry about stepping in it. The dog and kids played in the water a bit here and then we decided to start the walk around the lake. I wish we would have walked to the right earlier, because there are much better spots to relax and swim at. And there were hardly any bugs flying in our face at the other spots.

We walked around the whole lake and noticed 4 different spots with rope swings. They are in spots best suited for ages 10 and up in my opinion. But still fun to at least check out, even with little kids. I thought spot #9 was the prettiest swing spot. The water was pretty clear here and we could see lots of fish swimming around.

We had the place all to ourselves and had so much fun. If you are going in the spring or summer, don't forget your bug spray!

trail running
3 months ago

went there in the middle of April, not a soul to be found. kinda creepy considering it's super far out in the woods. but was a good run. can be a bit hard to find, no cell service. just follow Maps and it should bring u right to it

4 months ago

Not a bad afternoon walk. Very pet friendly. If you start to the left of the lake the bridge and spring at the end are totally worth the hike. Once you get there, you’re almost done. It’s a long one way gravel road out. I wouldn’t suggest it for a low car or when it’s wet out.

6 months ago

Nice and pretty. You will Enjoy!!!

walking
8 months ago

Beautiful November walk around a quiet, clear lake. The road down to park at the trailhead was super muddy and needs gravel but once there it was worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

great easy hike. no incline. dirt road. well maintained. pretty secluded so does have an eery feeling unless you like being alone. i went with 2 dogs and my family and still felt a little weird. however still a great hike for new hikers and kids. dogs did love it, especially the water.

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Great, easy hike along a wide, level, and well developed path. It loops around the lake and can take as short as an hour depending on how often you to stop to swim. There are lots of places to get in the water. The water is clear and calm, and a surprisingly perfect temperature for swimming!
$5 parking fee at the trailhead.

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

the "trail" is more like a dirt road. it's used by the ranger to help people camping haul their gear to their site. it's well maintained and clean. the lake will always be right beside you and there's areas where you can jump in for a quick swim. if you're into finding wildlife you'll want to take it slow. we were able to spot all kinds of insects and saw 3 turtles basking on a log in the lake close to the bank. the trail is flat all the way around. great hike for young children and even older hikers. pro tip: there's clearly marked numbers on each camp site, if you are thinking of camping keep in mind to look at the numbers of each site so you have have an idea of which one you'd like to reserve :)

hiking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Really easy hike! Plenty of spots along the trail to jump in & cool off :) kid & dog friendly

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

This trail was great! Beautiful lake, well maintained trail. We took the dog & enjoyed it thoroughly. We're going to be back to camp!

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Fun easy trail. Nie camping spots though we were only there to hike with the dogs. Short loop around the lake so we made two. The drive...especially last 5 miles on gravel is slow-going and dusty but worth it.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Super easy, beautiful walk around the lake!

hiking
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sweet ropes wings all the way around!

Monday, June 27, 2016

It was a great nature walk. By the water the whole time and multiple rope swings!!!!

hiking
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Went here late in the season last year and was the only person there, really peaceful.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Beautiful hike. Perfect for the family and dogs. Coming back to camp!! Well worth the drive.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Great spot. Great place to hike and camp. Pretty neat in the winter.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Beautiful place! We go with my wife and dog in winter! awesome we gonna return in spring and camp there!

Monday, March 30, 2015

I've been here twice, loved it. Looks great for camping and fishing.

hiking
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Nice sunny day for an easy hike on November 30, 2013. There was a few logs to cross the creek, but we took our time to make sure we didn't slip on the moss. It was amazing at the reflections in both of the lakes. After walking by the camp sites, I think I will want to return in the summer even though you pack your stuff in.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Nice hike. Water was crystal clear. Looking forward to going back in the summer.

hiking
Sunday, April 14, 2013

Nice Easy Hiking! Beautiful and quiet

hiking
Friday, July 20, 2012

Nice easy trail, you do have to watch out for poison oak if going off the trail. There are about 3 rope swings located in different places around the lake. Will have to go back and do some camping next time.

camping
Thursday, May 31, 2012

This is a very easy trail, wide and mostly flat. There is a bird blind that some boy scouts had built, as well as their interpretative trail section which we didn't do. We camped at Squaw lake May 23-24th, and had the place to ourselves. It was Moonshine's first camping trip, and she loved it! Especially her hike around the lake just after sunrise. There's a ropeswing as well, but I didn't swim--it rained almost all morning.

hiking
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walking
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