Miller and Maidu Lakes

(around Miller Lake)
5.1-mile loop
100 feet elevation gain
Open mid-June through October
Use: hikers, horses, bicycles

Moderate (around Maidu Lake)
8.6 miles round-trip
750 feet elevation gain
Open early July through October
Use: hikers, horses 

Left: Maidu Lake.

The glaciers that once spanned the crest of the Cascade Range in the Ice Age left behind a broad, forested mountain pass north of Mt. Thielsen. Today hikers can cross this pass on a trail from Miller Lake, on the range’s eastern slope, to Maidu Lake, the source of the North Umpqua River. For a shorter hike from the same trailhead, try the 5.1-mile path around Miller Lake, a route popular with anglers. On either trip, be prepared for mosquitoes throughout July.

Access to the trailhead is via ...

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For a look west down the huge U-shaped valley left by Maidu Lake’s vanished glacier, take the ...

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

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