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High Lakes Trail #6200

Easy/Intermediate
 3.8 (5)

A delightful, easy singletrack through lava flows and big trees.


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Map Key

9.3

Miles

15.0

KM

Point to Point

5,193' 1,583 m

High

4,672' 1,424 m

Low

671' 205 m

Up

388' 118 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Lake · Views

Description

The High Lakes Trail, which is wide and smooth and surfaced with a fine crushed rock, is a delightful path through the woods, popular with hikers looking for a casual jaunt. The trail also can be combined with the more difficult Brown Mountain Loop.

Easily hikeed in either direction or as an out-and-back, here is a description from the western trailhead:
From the Fish Lake Resort access road, The High Lakes Trail ascends gradually for a mile, then descends slightly and passes the Brown Mountain Trail coming in from the right. More gentle climbing resumes for another couple miles until the high point is reached. Along the way, the trail has been painstakingly engineered through some impressive boulder fields of the Brown Mountain lava flows.

After a mile of gradual descent and another mile of level traversing through old growth timber, there is a junction where the Brown Mountain Trail turns off to the south at a crossing of Forest Road #3640.

Continuing with little elevation change, the High Lakes Trail skirts the north end of Lake of the Woods and passes a picnic/swimming area on the NE corner of the lake. From there, the level trail continues for nearly two miles as it hugs the edge of boggy meadow to reach the Great Meadow Trailhead.

Camping, cabins, boat rentals, and cafe (think beer) are available at Fish Lake Resort near the western end of the trail. A similar, but larger scale operation is located just south of the eastern terminus of the trail, at Lake of the Woods Resort.

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Shared By:

Peter Carse

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 5 votes

#2

in Fish Lake

#13905

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Trail Rankings

#2

in Fish Lake

#455

in Oregon

#13,905

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High Lakes Trail #6200/Brown Mt Loop.
Mar 21, 2019 near Eagle P…, OR
Mt McLoughlin from High Lakes Trail.
Jul 12, 2017 near Eagle P…, OR
Mount McLoughlin from the High Lakes Trail
Oct 20, 2017 near Eagle P…, OR
Beginning of High Lakes Trail at Fish Lake, OR.
Mar 20, 2019 near Eagle P…, OR
Mt. McLoughlin from the High Lakes Trail in spring of 2017.
Mar 20, 2019 near Eagle P…, OR
High Lakes Trail, three miles from Fish Lake, OR.
Mar 20, 2019 near Eagle P…, OR

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May 24, 2020
Jeremy Brady
Trail recently raked. Encountered one tree across. Moderate amount of traffic. 5mi — 2h 30m
Mar 18, 2019
Shannon Lynch Jones
Mostly flat with a few inclines and fallen trees. Beautiful view of Mt. McLaughlin. Popular with snowmobilers and Xc skiers.
Sep 18, 2016
Bruce Hope
Done as part of a loop around Brown Mtn. This trail crosses lava flows with explanatory signs - nice! Great mountain bike track too.