Blue Canyon Trail #982
ElevationAscent: 444' 135 m
Descent: -735' -224 m
High: 6,256' 1,907 m
Low: 5,645' 1,720 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
Current trail conditions
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“A popular trail to the South Blue Lake Group in the Sky Lakes Wilderness.”— Bruce Hope
Starting at the Blue Canyon Trailhead (room for 20+ cars but no amenities or water) near the end of Forest Road 3770, the Blue Canyon Trail #982 descends gently past Round Lake and into the Blue Lake Basin to level off at Blue Lake and its junction with the Upper South Fork Trail #988.
From here, the Blue Canyon Trail continues eastward past a junction with the Meadow Lake Trail #976, then past Horseshoe, Pear, and Island Lakes to end at a junction with the Red Lake Trail #987 just north of the PCT. The lakes along this trail are all delightful, even allowing for the horrible mosquitos that infest this area from late June to early September.
An historical highlight along this trail is the Judge Waldo tree, located on the south shore of Island Lake and accessible via a very short (200 feet long) unsigned use trail off the main trail. The inscribed tree is surrounded by a wooden fence and has a USFS sign on it - and is obvious once you get within about 50 feet of it. Judge J.B. Waldo was an early voice for conservation of the Cascade forests. In 1888, during an extended journey along the Cascades, the Judge carved an inscription in a tree on the shores of Island Lake - one of several trees he inscribed in the Cascades.
Land Manager: USFS - Rogue River & Siskiyou Nat. Forest Office
May 14, 2019: Ashland Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX)