Fourmile Lake


Easy
(to Badger Lake)
3.6 miles round-trip
200 feet elevation gain
Open early July through October
Use: hikers, horses

Moderate (to Long Lake)
7.4 miles round-trip
360 feet elevation gain

Difficult (around Fourmile Lake)
14-mile loop
680 feet elevation gain 

Above: Mt. McLoughlin from Fourmile Lake.

Mt. McLoughlin rises like an Egyptian pyramid above the driftwood-jammed shores of Fourmile Lake. Although the Sky Lakes Wilderness surrounds this mountain, surprisingly few other lakes in the area offer views of it. The next best view is a glimpse from cute, swimmable little Badger Lake. Catch both of these vistas on an easy, nearly level walk from the Fourmile Campground. Or continue past a wildflower meadow to skinny Long Lake. Or tackle a 14-mile loop hike that uses the Pacific Crest Trail to complete a grand circuit around Fourmile Lake. Maximum group size is eight people and 12 animals.

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This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon.