“Wow! That’s a pretty impressive view!” my friend Connie exclaimed as we rode along the Badger Lake Trail.
The azure Fourmile Lake stretched away from us to the west, with Mt. McLoughlin rising impressively on the far shore. “You really don’t realize how massive the mountain is until you see it from this perspective.”
Few trails offer better views of the impressive Mt. McLoughlin than the Badger Lake Trail, a fun 9-mile ride along the eastern edge of Fourmile Lake.
You’ll start the ride at Fourmile Lake Campground, located midway between Medford and Klamath Falls on the shore of – you guessed it – Fourmile Lake.
You won’t gain much elevation on the Badger Lake Trail, and in addition to seeing great views of Fourmile Lake and Mt. McLoughlin, you’ll visit picturesque Badger, Woodpecker, and Long Lakes.
Fourmile Lake Campground
Fourmile Lake Campground is the southern gateway to the beautiful Sky Lakes Wilderness. It’s a horse camp on one side and a family campground on the other, with 9 campsites that allow horses and a day-use parking area for several trailers. Some sites have corrals, and the rest allow high-lining or portable corrals. The horse camp has a toilet and hand-pumped potable water.
You can learn more about the Badger Lake Trail and Fourmile Lake Campground in Riding Southern Oregon Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, available at www.nwhorsetrails.com.