The concept of Wilderness in the National Forests originated in the early 1920's. Mountain Lakes was one of the three original "primitive areas" designated in Oregon and Washington National...[more]
Mountain Lakes Wilderness
Mountain Lakes Wilderness is easy to reach. The hub of the maintained trail system is the Mountain Lakes Loop Trail in the core of the Wilderness. It traces an 8.2 mile path around the caldera rim.
You can reach Mountain Lakes Loop trail from the north by way of the Varney Creek Trail (4.4 miles); from the west on the Mountain Lakes Trail (6.3 miles); or from the south by way of the Clover Creek Trail (3.3 miles).
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