Alta Lake Trail #979

This lightly traveled trail begins at Wallowa Creek and climbs two miles to the open forest land on the south slope of Gopher Ridge within Sky Lakes Wilderness. The trail continues on to junction with the Middle Fork Trail #978, King Spruce, and Seven Lakes Trail #981. Good camping areas present both to the east and west of Alta Lake on high ground.

Water is present only at Boulder Pond and Alta Lake. Boulder Pond may be dry by September. No horse feed available at Alta Lake.

At a Glance

Open Season: June - October
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns:
  • Butte Falls, OR
  • Medford, OR
  • Klamath Falls, OR
Water: Not available
Information Center: High Cascades Ranger District

General Information


Use Alta Lake Trailhead

General Notes:


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: More to Most Difficult

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
6.3 miles

  Elevation : 
4,800 range - 6,800 feet range