Hemlock Lake

Moderate (Yellowjacket Loop) 5.6-mile loop 910 feet elevation gain Open June through November Use: hikers, horses, bikes Moderate (with Flat Rock detour) 7.2-mile loop 1380 feet elevation gain

Left: Hemlock Meadows

The spectacular wildflower meadows on this loop trail have the subalpine feel of the High Cascades. But this patch of mountain scenery is less than an hour from Roseburg in an often-overlooked corner of the Old Cascades, the eroded remnants of a much older volcanic range. Thousands of trilliums and shooting stars line the misnamed Yellowjacket Loop in June. For a broader view, climb a side path to a lookout site atop Flat Rock.

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

Click here to see the flowers that are typically blooming in the area this week.

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