Explore the most popular lake trails near Butte Falls with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

the trail is great scenery. the issue is with the fallen trees that block the trail for the first 3 miles

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Fantastic trip! I would not call this well maintained or highly frequented trail however. Or at least, it wasn't when we were there. The entire 1st mile of the trip is covered in tree fall and bypasses. Be sure you bring a headlamp or other light source if there's even a chance of returning past dusk (trees are thick, with little ambient light, coupled with frequent unmarked bypasses forcing you to leave the trail and re-acquire.
Trail opens up as you gain elevation. The pass before devils peak leads you down into a cool pocket and Alta lake. Cliff Lake not far after that. We went in early July and the mosquitoes were quite bad. Went on a Sunday and didn't see a soul at the trailhead or on the trail.

camping
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Was planning to spend a couple days up at cliff lake but the weather turned pretty bad quickly. Turned the trip into a day hike. Very nice trail with some great lakes in the basin.

camping
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I finally got back here after nearly 50 years. When we finished building this trail you could have driven a car on it, a bit of an exaggeration, but our boss did drive his motor cycle on it. Rather quickly too, as we had just stirred up a yellow jacket nest. While it was great to visit I was very disappointed in the condition of the trail. It looks as if the Forest Service has abandoned the it. Numerous trees across it that have clearly been there for a few season. I went as far as Buckley Spring which was my goal. I would like to have gone all of the way to Lake Ivern but too much dead fall and I was tired.

The Basin is a great place. Glad I made the trip.

This is a great trail that take you into some beautiful wilderness.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I haven't hiked this trail since about 1967-68. I worked for the Forest Service out of Butte Falls. I was a member of the trail crew that build the Lake Ivern Trail. There were 5 of us on the crew and we worked for 10 days and then 4 days off. Pack mules would bring our supplies in - food, sleeping cots, fuel for chains saws and rock drill, dynamite and misc camping supplies.

As the summer wore on the snow packs melted and we then relied on springs for our drinking water. Back in the days when you could bend down and drink right from the spring. On one of my days off I made a sign using the forest service sign materiel "Buckley Spring". When we got back to the trail I nailed in to a tree near the spring. There was also Jahn Spring for Phil Jahn, another member of the crew.

We setup our last camp near Lake Ivern, "Big Foot Spring Campground" . I don't know if it's still there but I did see a reference to Big Foot Spring in some hiking book. I hope to get back there in the summer of 2015. I would like to visit my spring.

Bruce Buckley

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Just attempted to get to Alta Lake from the Seven Lakes Trailhead and was unable to due to snow at this time of year, early June. We were able to make it to Frog lake and about a mile up from there. Mosquitos weren't too bad surprisingly. Plus the drive to the trailhead was mostly paved. Great day trip, but will try again later in the summer.

hiking
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I havent visited all the lakes in this area yet. I did however make it to lake Alta which was my only goal. Even in the middle of summer lake Alta was still frozen and the last 5 miles i hiked on top of the snow and lost the trail. there are many open medows that offer a wonderful view of the night sky. Highly recomened

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

backpacking
Sunday, June 04, 2017