The Blue Canyon Loop travels from Fourmile Lake Campground into southern Oregon's scenic Sky Lakes Wilderness.
It takes you past more than a dozen small lakes and offers impressive views of Mt. McLoughlin and Fourmile Lake.
You’ll start at Fourmile Lake Campground and head north into the Sky Lakes Wilderness, following the Badger Lake Trail. The loop travels along the shore of Fourmile Lake, through Blue Canyon, and back on the Pacific Crest Trail.
It’s a fairly challenging ride, with rocky tread in some places and one steep ridge to climb. However, you’re richly rewarded for the exertion because you’ll pass at least 13 lakes and have a stunning view of Mt. McLoughlin.
You can camp with your horse at Fourmile Lake Campground, on the shore of its namesake lake. The campground features nine horse sites, three of which have corrals. (All the horse sites allow portable corrals and highlines.) You’ll find a vault toilet, potable water from a hand pump, picnic tables, and fire rings at the camp. Reservations are recommended (www.recreation.gov). If you go for a day ride only, you’ll find easy parking for several trailers.