This trail is part of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail system. It circles Clear Lake, passes the headwaters of the McKenzie River, and traverses an old lava flow. An interpretive brochure is available at the McKenzie River Ranger Station, Clear Lake Resort and the Coldwater Cove boat launch.
From McKenzie Ranger River Station, take Highway 126 east 17-1/2 miles to Clear Lake Resort. The Clear Lake Loop Trail can be accessed from the day use area or from Cold Water Cove Campground on the east side of the resort area.
The west side of the loop trail has periodic closures to protect nesting Bald Eagles. Contact the ranger station for updates.