Blue Canyon Trail #976

This trail within Cat Hill Way Trail (area is unavailable)begins just a few hundred feet from the trailhead and provides an excellent opportunity for a 5.6-mile day loop. A longer 12.5-mile loop is possible using the Cat Hill Way Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Blue Canyon Trail.

Your best bet is to avoid the Blue Lake-Meadow Lake area due to large numbers of visitors. Island Lake and Horseshoe Lake are often crowded on weekends.

At a Glance

Open Season: June - October
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Summer
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 Blue Canyon Trailhead

General Notes:
  • Connecting trails: Cat Hill Way Trail #992 (area is unavailable), Meadow Lake Trail #976 (area is unavailable), Red Lake Trail #987
  • Trail is not designed for: mountain bike, motorized bike, ATV, 4-wheel drive, barrier free



Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: More to Most Difficult

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: More to Most Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
5.1 miles

  Elevation : 
6,000 feet - 6,200 feet range