Before its eruption and subsequent transformation into a large caldera, the area we call Mountain Lakes Wilderness was a 12,000-foot mountain, one of the giants of the southern Cascades. Glaciation then...[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).
Buy maps online
Buy the Mountain Lakes Wilderness map online at the National Forest Store.
Aspen Lake, Lake of the Woods North, Lake of the Woods South, Pelican Bay. Download free U.S. Forest Service Topo Maps here.
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