Miller Lake Trail #902
ElevationAscent: 1,050' 320 m
Descent: -674' -206 m
High: 5,814' 1,772 m
Low: 4,840' 1,475 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“A short run to a nice, little lake and to views from the ridge above.”— Bruce Hope
From the trailhead at the end of Forest Road #1020-400, it's only a 0.5 mile run to the old earthen dam on the shore of Miller Lake. From there, the trail goes both right and left—going right (counter-clockwise) makes for an easier climb to the ridge. In 0.8 miles, having gone past some old growth and near some rare Brewer's Spruce, you pass above Little Miller Lake, and in another 0.5 miles, reach the crest of the rocky ridge above the lakes. From here, you have a clear view of Grayback Mountain, the highest point in Josephine County, to the north. From the ridge, the trail plunges, in one long and one short switchback, down to the lake.
If you can drive across the Fork, this is a nice half-day outing to a lake and some good views. If you can’t (or won’t) then it’s a 10 mile round-trip run on road and trail past the lakes to the crest of the ridge.
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