Junction Lake

  • Easy (to Junction Lake)
  • 5.2 miles round trip
  • 700 feet elevation gain
  • Open mid-June to mid-October
  • Use: hikers, horses


  • Moderate (to Lemei Lake)
  • 9.2-mile loop
  • 900 feet elevation gain


The East Crater Trail provides the easiest route to the famous alpine meadows of the Indian Heaven Wilderness. And once you reach huckleberry-rimmed Junction Lake, it’s tempting to make an additional 4-mile loop on the Pacific Crest Trail past four other large lakes and vast fields of heather.

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This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.