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The Mountain Lakes Trail begins at an elevation of 5,200 feet and climbs up the Seldom Creek drainage, crossing the creek over a footbridge, and gradually ascends through meadows and along volcanic outcroppings. From the mixed conifer setting of the trailhead, the scenery gradually changes to higher elevation mountain hemlock/subalpine fir forest. After climbing over 2,000 feet in five miles, the trail meets the Mountain Lakes Loop Trail at an elevation of 7,400 feet. Looking back affords a nice view of Mount McLoughlin in the distance. In this dry, windy, high elevation environment, harsh growing conditions cause trees to grow into stunted and contorted shapes. The practice of minimum impact visitation is required to protect the area.

Directions: From Klamath Falls, Travel northwest on Highway 140 approximately 36 miles and turning left (south) onto the Dead Indian Memorial Highway towards Ashland. Proceed 0.1 miles and turn left onto Forest Road 3610; continue 0.8 miles to Forest Road 3660. The trailhead is about 0.8 miles up 3660. Parking is limited with no turnaround facilities.

Elevation: 5,200 feet

Ending Elevation: 7,300 feet

Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet

Distance: 5.1 miles

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Moderate

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Winema National Forest, Oregon

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