Helen Lake Trail #3577

Area Status: Temporarily Closed

From the Taylor Burn Road, the trail drops off toward Helen Lake. The lake is crystal clear and surrounded by glaciated rock. It is a good swimming lake and when in season, has an ample supply of wild huckleberries.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:

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

Permit Info: Wilderness self-issue permit required
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Crescent Junction, OR
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger Station

General Information

General Notes:

Map of Helen Lake trail

Forest Road 5898-514 (Taylor Burn Road) is a primitive road, and not maintained for regular vehicle and trailer use. High clearance vehicles are recommended for driving this road. Be prepared for hordes of mosquitoes until mid to late summer. Be sure to camp 200' or more from the shoreline.


Access from:


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy


Difficulty Level: Easy

Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
.3 mile

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  Elevation : 
5200 feet - 5400 feet