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Description - The 113,400 acre Sky Lakes Wilderness occupies the crest of the High Cascades, extending south from the boundary of Crater Lake National Park of Fourmile Lake. Although steep relief is found in such places as the glacially carved Middle Fork (Rogue River) Canyon and slope of Mount McLoughlin, the wilderness has gentle, densely forested terrain. The name derives from the many small lakes, most of them clustered in several glacial basins near the crest of the Cascade Range.

Attractions - This wilderness area features the 9,495 foot Mount McLoughlin and several trails for visitors to enjoy. Much of the terrain is densely-forested. In addition, are numerous lakes clustered in severeal glacial basins near the crest of the Cascade Range.

Recreation - Activities inlcude hiking, mountain biking and backpacking.

Climate - Climate on the Umpqua changes with elevation. The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent. Much of the Umpqua National Forest is at the 3000-4000 foot elevation and averages about 60 inches of rain per year. Late spring, summer and early autumn tend to bring clear, sunny days with moderate temperatures.

Location - The Sky Lakes Wilderness is located in both the Prospect and Butte Falls Ranger Districts in the northeastern portion of the Rogue River National Forest and the Klamath Ranger District of the Winema National Forest.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: jean armour (eugene, OR)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We hiked the Sky lakes trail from Cold Springs to Lake Margurette on Sunday (July 20th) and returned on Monday (21st). We did not see a soul. the fishing was great, rainbow, cotthrout, and brook trout. But the misquotes were bad, we brought a lot of repellent. the trail was hot and dusty.

More Information

Contact Information:
Butte Falls Ranger Station, 800 Laurel Street , Butte Falls, OR, 97522-0227, Phone: 541-865-2700, Fax: 541-865-2795

Additional Information:
Butte Falls Ranger District - The Butte Falls Ranger District encompasses over 130,000 acres on the West slope of the Southern Cascade Mountains, including the Skylakes Wilderness.
Klamath Ranger District -


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