Sky Lakes via Nannie Creek

Margurette and Trapper Lakes from the trail on Luther Mountain

  • Easy (to Puck Lakes)
  • 4.8 miles round-trip
  • 760 feet elevation gain
  • Open mid-July through October
  • Use: hikers, horses

  • Difficult (to Margurette Lake)
  • 12.8-mile loop
  • 1560 feet elevation gain

  • Difficult (around Luther Mountain)
  • 16.7-mile loop
  • 2240 feet elevation gain

This lake basin deep in the heart of the Sky Lakes Wilderness is dominated by the cliffs of Luther Mountain—a landmark named to provide a religious opponent for nearby Devils Peak. For an easy hike, head for the large but shallow Puck Lakes. If you continue to deep, picturesque Margurette Lake, you can return on either of two loops: a short tour to Trapper Lake or a much longer trek around Luther Mountain for a grandstand view of the entire basin. Note that visitors in the Wilderness are limited to a group size of eight people and 12 stock animals. Mosquitoes can be plentiful in late July and early August.

To start, drive …

For a longer loop with better views …

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