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backpacking
14 days ago

Just for clarification, the last review refers to the Devils Peak at the southeast end of Hunchback Mountain east of Portland, Oregon. The roads to the Devils Peak in the Sky Lakes Wilderness (the trail described here) are either paved or good gravel and easily passable in a 2WD sedan.

In 2018, the Siskiyou Mountain Club restored this 27-mile loop around the headwaters of the Rogue River’s Middle Fork, in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. I did the loop clock-wise, starting from the Middle Fork Trailhead. From that trailhead, I followed the Middle Fork Trail #978 to its junction with the Halifax Trail #1088. I turned on to the Halifax and followed it down and across (on a convenient log; there's no bridge) the Middle Fork and then up to Solace Meadow. The meadow area has been badly burned and it took some navigating to find the McKie Camp Trail #1089, which I took south to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Then south on the PCT to its junction with the Cliff Lake Trail #983, which took me to a nice campsite at Cliff Lake. Next morning, I continued south on the #983 to its junction with the Alta Lake Trail #979. I turned north on to the #979 and went past beautiful Lake Alta to a junction with the upper end of the Middle Fork Trail, which took me back to the trailhead. More work needs to be done on some of the trails in this loop (in addition to ongoing maintenance) so, at the moment, there’s some navigating and bushwhacking. Overall, I was impressed by how good the trails were. I was prepared to hate the burned areas but found them both compelling and cautionary. This worked as an overnight backpack but might be even better as a two-nighter (it's also been run in day). The only trick is that reliable water sources are scarce between Solace Meadow and the Seven Lakes Basin.

Well maintained trail that passes 3 lakes in 3 miles. Trail to Horseshoe Lake is not marked. At the far end of Blue Lake, make a right. Tough climb back out to the parking area, but overall I agree with the moderate rating. Beautiful Fall colors today and only passed 1 other group.

Blue lake is really pretty but the 15 extra minutes of hiking takes you to horseshoe lake. Definitely go the extra 15 minutes. The little jetty is a great place to camp. You have 270 degrees of water views around you, fish jumping, and a bald eagle that stuck around for the 2 days I was there. Would recommend it. I even went with a group where they took 2 babies and a 2 and 3 year old!

This was a breathtaking hike and views. Loved it all. Long but not too difficult.

I've hiked this several times! amazing views!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail. Do a little research beforehand, so you know what you’re looking at at the top. We decided to try the loop and lost the trail at the dog kennel area, but wound up going through the woods towards Highway 62. Then walked to the road that leads into Lost Creek Lake. Got on the Rogue River Trail, walked along the spillway, and made it back to our vehicle. 11 miles total.

snowshoeing
10 months ago

beautiful this time of year, lots of snow, clear trail.

Love this trail, it's beautiful not super hard. Some nice fishing in some of the lakes also!

hiking
11 months ago

Well maintained and a gorgeous view at the top!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Amazing trail with wildlife! It's was raining and the winds were soft! Definitely recommend!

Monday, September 11, 2017

I do a lot of hiking in the southern Oregon area and I wouldn't do this hike again, at least not this time of year. The majority of the beginning of the hike was near the highway, it was very loud, and followed along a barb wire fence. It was pretty hot and dry. The view at the end was nice. Overall it was ok, not really worth the drive or effort in my opinion.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Beautiful hike. A lot of down trees on the way up but a couple of crews were up there clearing the trail. On the way back to the trail head there was a huge difference in the trail. No more trees down less brush on the trail. Still a lot of big rocks and areas where it's hard to keep traction. It's the side of a mountain can't expect there to not be rocks/trees.

Well-maintained trail accessing the southwestern corner of the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Camping opportunities are fairly limited.

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Very well maintained with nice views of Mt. McLoughlin.

hiking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

So, just an FYI we did the shortened hike (where you drive up to hunchback mtn). There was no other page to post this, so I decided to post here in case anyone needs this info. There are several pages that will tell you that you do not need a high clearance vehicle to drive on this road...that is definitely not the case. I mean, we drove a Prius, and made it, but it wasn't worth it. It took over an hour to drive 9 miles and our car simply wasn't tall enough. The road is by far the worst I've ever seen. Either have a high clearance vehicle or hike the entire 11 miles!

hiking
Friday, July 07, 2017

I've done this trail a couple times, and will do it again. Nice hike with a good constant climb. Nice trail through small fields and shaded forest with a great view at the top of Lost Creek Lake. View point has a nice rest spot with a bench and stone wall. Lost of poison oak, which isn't uncommon in this area.. I just got a bad case of poison oak from my dog from this trail the last time I did it, so be careful if you have dogs!

Easy well maintained trail to the lakes. Be prepared for the insane amount of mosquitos.

hiking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Hiked this trail yesterday, 5/28. I'm not someone who hikes all the time (so far Table Rock 3xs this spring) and it was not a problem. You'll be tired and stop a few times to get your breath, but we made it to the top in 1 hour and 15 minutes. I'd say it's comparable to lower Table Rock, just longer and higher. Great payoff on this hike! I'd recommend going early in the day so the sun isn't hitting you along the way. Ticks are present as well as poison oak, but as long as you dress appropriately and check for ticks after, you'll be fine. The path is well marked, just narrow in places (not the ground itself, just the trail) and some of the vegetation is right up to the path. Overall, a great hike!

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

We got turned around about 0.75 miles in due to the MASSIVE amount of poison oak blocking the path. The trail was well defined though and we did get a beautiful view of the river right away. I would love to see the poison oak get knocked back so my family and I can finish the hike.

hiking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The trail description says the trail is 14.3 miles. Actually it is about 2.5 miles because the trail starts at Middle Lake and ends at Lake Ivern. From Middle Lake to the trail head is Seven Lakes Trail.

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Great trail! I think this is one of my new favorites. All the uphill is very gradual and not scary.

Monday, February 27, 2017

a few downed trees. Somewhat muddy and icy in places. nice view of lost creek lake

great hike! huckleberries galore-great for overnight camping! wonderful swimming hole!

Monday, February 20, 2017

my favorite SO hike

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Wasn't as hard as I thought it'd be according to the descriptions. But a nice hike and had a beautiful view

Monday, September 26, 2016

It's A long hike but worth it, figure about 11 miles.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pretty hard to find trail at times got off going and coming back. We had to backtrack. Watch for blazes put on trees by Forest Service. A lot of fallen trees over the trail and some are no so easy to get around. It was fun and serene. I will do it again.

The Blue Canyon Trail in.Butte Falls, OR in the topo map is not visible, and when switched to the satellite map, is only a partial trail. If this is fixed I will change my rating.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

It's my favorite hike in the valley.

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