This primitive trail is minimally maintained and is not recommended for horses. It offers the hiker a challenging workout. It travels within Sky Lakes Wilderness and winds up through the South Fork Canyon, fording the river several times. As you near the end of the trail, Beal Lake and Mud Lake offer excellent spots to look for a camp sight. Blue Lake, Meadow Lake, and Horseshoe Lake are often crowded, so if you are looking for privacy you may want to choose a more isolated spot.

At a Glance

Open Season: June - October
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns:
  • Butte Falls, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: High Cascades Ranger District

General Information


Use Upper South Fork Trailhead (area is unavailable)

General Notes:



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  Area/Length : 
5.1 miles

  Elevation : 
4,000 feet - 5,700 feet range