Lakes Trail #1578

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

This trail is within the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness and provides access to both Cliff and Buckeye Lakes. These sub-alpine lakes—along with Fish Lake—were formed approximately 6,000 years ago when the northwest face of Grasshopper Mountain collapsed, damming the flow of Fish Lake Creek and revealing dramatic, sheer cliffs where there was once forested mountainside. These cliffs are now visible from both of the lakes.

Lakes Trail #1578 can be started from either Lakes Trailhead (for a slightly longer hike) or Skimmerhorn Trailhead. From the trailheads, Lakes Trail pushes east to enter the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness, passing junctions with Indian Trail #1573 (which heads north to Fish Lake) and Acker Divide Trail #1437 (which heads south towards Acker Divide). This area is occupied by a young forest of fir, madrone, and rhododendron, a result of the wildfire that swept through in 2002. In the spring and summer, look for wildflowers and gooseberries growing in the underbrush as you pass below stands of burnt snags.

Past these junctions, Lakes Trail continues into a dense forest, first reaching Buckeye and then Cliff Lake. From Cliff Lake the trail heads north to a junction with Grasshopper Trail #1574, and then continues northeast to tie in with Fish Lake Trail #1570, 0.5 mile above Fish Lake.

Lakes Trail #1578 - Hiker on trail

At a Glance

Open Season: Spring
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply within Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Tiller, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Tiller Ranger District

General Information

  • Limited parking at Lakes Trailhead.
  • More parking is available for 6-8 vehicles at nearby Fish Lake Trailhead, and Skimmerhorn Trailhead has plenty of parking, including for horse trailers.



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  Area/Length : 
6.8 miles

  Elevation : 
2,100 feet range - 4,200 feet range