8.4 miles round-trip
1750 feet elevation gain
Open early July through October
Use: hikers, horses
Difficult (to Cliff Lake)
10.4 miles round-trip
2300 feet elevation gain
Difficult (to Devils Peak)
3050 feet elevation gain
Left: Cliff Lake and Devils Peak
From Devils Peak’s lofty summit, the pools of the forested Seven Lakes Basin look like pips on a pair of green dice. Up close, each lake has its own character. Half-mile-long Alta Lake, for example, is so narrow you can throw a rock across it. Cliff Lake has a mountain view and a diving rock popular with swimmers.
The Seven Lakes Trail is the shortest route to this popular basin, but it climbs across a high ridge. For a gentler route from the east, see the Seven Lakes East hike. In either case, be warned that mosquitoes are a problem from mid-July to mid-August. Group size is limited to eight people and 12 animals. Backpackers must tent at least 100 feet from lakeshores and are encouraged to use the four signed camp areas. Equestrians are required to use the eight designated horse camps. In addition, horses are not allowed within 200 feet of lakeshores (except on trails or at designated watering spots) and grazing is usually banned.
To find the Seven Lakes Trailhead, ...
If you’re backpacking, or if you can manage an even longer day hike, continue ...
Other Hiking Options
Experienced hikers can return from Alta Lake on a different...
This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon.