Blair Lake Trail #3553

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

The trail follows a meadow around the north end of Blair Lake and then begins to climb out of the basin. It climbs gradually to Forest Road 733 and Spring Prairie. The route follows Forest Road 733 above the meadow, offering good views of the area.

After approximately 0.4 mile, the visitor leaves the road and follows a ridge through rolling country. The trail passes just above Forest Road 2417-254 where it enters the Waldo Lake Wilderness.

The trail route drops gently off the ridge by way of switchbacks and then climbs out to the junction of Fisher Creek Trail #3565. The trail then runs along a side slope with several moderately steep grades. The trail passes the Winchester Trail #3594 and after about 0.5 mile, good views can be seen to the north from a rock rim.

Then it crosses the Lower Quinn Lake outlet continuing past the Six Lakes, Moolack Lake and Shale Ridge Trail #3567.

At Shale Ridge, it drops steeply into the North Fork drainage. The North Fork of the Middle Fork Willamette River can usually be crossed on nearby logs found off to the right of the trail. The trail then climbs steeply out of the drainage and follows an old road grade to Taylor Burn.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:

8/9/22: Temporarily closed due to Cedar Creek Fire. See closure order and map.

Permit Info: Wilderness Permits are required for both day use and overnight stays from June 15 through October 15. Free permits are self-issued at the trailhead.
Usage: Light
Water: Natural water sources should be treated
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger Station

General Information

General Notes:

Map of Blair Lake trail

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Access to this trail is from Blair Lake Trailhead.


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Difficult


General Info:


Access to this trail is from Blair Lake Trailhead.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
15.1 miles

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  Elevation : 
4,800 - 5,200