Rigdon Lakes Trail #3555


From the trailhead, this path rambles up and down through Mountain Hemlock forest with some rock outcroppings. It is ½ mile to the first Rigdon Lake, with the second lake another ½ mile beyond. The trail intersects with the Wahanna trail after passing Kiwa Lake. The 1996 fires burned over much of the trail, leaving it dusty, dry and difficult to locate in a few spots. Reroutes and reconstruction are in the planning stages.

At a Glance

Permit Info:
Usage: Heavy
Water: Waldo Lake, Ridgon Lakes, Kiwa Lake
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger Station

General Information


Proceed east from the Middle Fork Ranger Station on Hwy 58 for 27 miles to the Waldo Road (5897). Follow 5897 for 11 miles to road 5898. Follow 5898 to North Waldo Boat Launch area (about 1.5 miles). From parking lot (Northwest Forest Pass required to park here) proceed west on the Waldo Trail for two miles to the Rigdon Lakes trailhead.

General Notes:

Map of Rigdon Lakes trail

Be sure to camp 200 feet or more off the shoreline and follow Leave No Trace methods so those after you can enjoy their stay. Mosquitoes abound the first half of the season.

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  Area/Length : 
2 miles

  Elevation : 
5400 feet - 5500 feet