Distance: 9.3 mile shuttle hike
Elevation Gain: 820 feet
Best Time To Go: May to October
About this Hike
There are many hiking options centered around the High Lakes trail. The moderate hike begins at Great Meadow. This portion of the trail is a hot spot for beautiful wildflowers in the early summer months. Also, the areas near the lakes provide ample opportunities for viewing Bald Eagles and Ospreys. Further down the trail, the Lake of the Woods to Fish Lake section descends through impressive lava flows from Brown Mountain and although the trail does not summit Brown Mountain, it boasts views of Mount McLoughlin, the highest peak in the south Cascades. The trail ends at Fish Lake, where there are options to connect to Pacific Crest Trail, Brown Mountain #1005 and Fish Lake Trail #1013.
If you choose to do the hike as a shuttle, consider beginning the trail from Great Meadow, as it is 300 feet higher than Fish Lake, allowing for a descent at the end of the trail.
Be advised that the trail is fairly exposed and can be quite hot during summer, so best to hike early or avoid high summer.
From Klamath Falls, follow Highway 140 for approximately 35 miles. Great Meadow trailhead/snopark is right on hwy 140 right near the turn off for Lake of the Woods Resort. Both the Lake of the Woods and Great Meadow wayside are well marked. Additional info on exploring Great Meadow can be found here.