Round Lake Trail

From Round Lake Trailhead, the trail climbs westward to the junction with the Summit Lake Trail #4014 at Square Lake within Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. 

The Round Lake Trail enters the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. Wilderness permits are required; see "Permit Info" below.

At a Glance

Permit Info: There are two types of entry permits required between June 15 and October 15 for entering the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness from this trailhead.
  • Overnight Use
  • Day Use
    • Free, self-issue Wilderness Permit (available at the trailhead) between June 15 and October 15.
Check out for more information or call 1-877-444-6777.
Open Season: June
  • Wilderness restrictions apply
  • Pamelia Lake – No camping within 100 feet of high-water mark of lake or any other water source
  • Campfires are prohibited above 5,700 feet and within these lake basins:
    • Marion Lake
    • Ann Lake
    • Table Lake
  • Motorized and mechanical equipment (including bicycles and drones) are prohibited in the Wilderness
  • Groups must be under 12 people and 12 head of stock
  • Build campfires at least 100 feet away from water
  • Pack in / Pack out!
  • “Take only pictures, leave only footprints” — please refrain from cutting, damaging, or gathering vegetation or other forest items (e.g. rocks, artifacts, etc.)
  • Please bury human waste 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet away from water
Closest Towns: Sisters, Oregon
Passes: No recreation pass required.
Information Center: Sisters Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest

General Information


From Sisters, OR take Highway 20 north for approximately 12 miles.  Turn right on Forest Road 12. In about a mile take a left on Forest Road 1210 and follow to Round Lake. Round Lake trailhead is at the end of 1210-600 spur road near the lake.


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  Area/Length : 
1.9 miles

  Elevation : 
4400 - 4880