Summary: This beautiful hike takes you on a trip through the glacier carved mountain lakes wilderness. At the trailhead you will follow varney creek through the valley to some incredible alpine vistas at the top of the varney creek trail. 4 miles along the trail it meets the Mountain lakes loop which rambles for 10 miles around several alpine lakes. Take a left toward Lake Como. Unless you are an extremely ambitious dayhiker, camp at Lake Hariette in the summer/fall or South Pass Lake in the spring/summer. Once past the South Pass Lake detour there is no water untill you reach Ed & Zeb Lakes on the far side of the loop, so pack enough to last. A small unmarked detour can lead to the top of aspen butte for great mountaintop views.
Trailhead: From Klamath Falls head east on 140 toward medford. just past Rocky Point, turn left at the varney creek trailhead sign. 2 miles up the forest service road take another left and follow that road two miles to the trailhead. (Lat:42.39747 Lon:-122.11207)
Trail Guides for Mountain Lakes Loop, Klamath Falls OR:
Exploring Oregons Wild Areas
by William L. Sullivan (Mountaineers press)
by Douglas A. Lorain (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Klamath Ranger District, Winema National Forest. 541-883-6714
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Wilson, who has posted 18 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by ED on 6/15/2008
This was my first exposure to hiking in the wilderness when I was still a kid. It's still my favorite fifty years later. Most of the visitors hike in to Harriet Lk., so if you want to avoid the crowd, plan to expend the extra effort and see the other lakes, especially if camping. Leave a clean camp or bears may be a problem, as I have seen.
Reviewed by Kyle on 8/21/2006
I took the Varney Creek Trail to Harriet Lake, about 11 miles round trip. It's a very easy trail to walk on. The scree field to the right of Harriet gives you an awesome view of the lake, Como Lake, and you can see Klamath Lake as well!
Reviewed by Carrie on 8/22/2005
This is a great hike in August. Their was few mosquitoes, great geological area.
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