Mountain Lakes Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,901' 884 m
Descent: -2,901' -884 m
High: 7,571' 2,308 m
Low: 5,758' 1,755 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“Enjoy a tour through the lakes of Southern Oregon's Mountain Lakes Wilderness.”— Bruce Hope
Turn right (east) onto the #3727 (going counter-clockwise makes for a less abrupt climb on the way back) and follow it east to the edge of the rim, where you'll have a great view of Lake Harriette below. Continue on east, now away from the rim, until the trail regains the rim, crosses it, and starts a rocky, somewhat-steep descent to the shores of Lake Harriette. Echo Lake is just a short cross-country journey from here.
Continuing on, now going west, the #3727 climbs over a low divide into the upper drainage of Moss Creek, then passes some small, unnamed lakes and Lake Como, before reaching a junction with the Varney Creek Trail #3718 about 9 miles from the trailhead.
From this junction, the loop trail passes between Eb and Zeb Lakes, then makes an 800 foot climbing traverse along the slopes below Point 7703 to the rim and a junction with the Mountain Lakes Trail #3721 on the west side of Whiteface Peak. The short cross-country climb from here to the summit of Whiteface is optional but recommended if you like views.
From this junction, continue southeast on the #3727 to its junction with the Clover Creek Trail #3722, and follow that trail back to the trailhead.
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Land Manager: USFS - Fremont & Winema National Forest Office