Sky Lakes via Cold Springs


6.9-mile loop
400 feet elevation gain
Open early July through October
Use: hikers, horses 

Left: Isherwood Lake in the Sky Lakes Basin.

By far the easiest route into the famous lake-dotted high country of the Sky Lakes Wilderness, this loop passes half a dozen pools in a nearly level, forested basin. The drawbacks? The area’s easy access draws crowds on summer weekends, mosquitoes are a nuisance from mid-July until late August, and the basin has few mountain views. Maximum group size is eight people and 12 animals.

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This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon.