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Calamut Lake Trail, Kelsay Valley Trailhead Campground

The Calamut Lake Trail is just one of several outstanding trails out of Kelsay Valley Trailhead Campground, located off Hwy. 138 near Diamond Lake.  It’s a fun lollipop loop that visits three scenic alpine lakes, traveling through pretty forest and offering views of the nearby mountains along the way.

 The Riding

Starting at Kelsay Valley Trailhead Campground, you'll ride back along the road you drove in on for about a mile.  At Kelsay Forest Camp, a wide spot next to the road, you’ll pick up the Calamut Lake Trail.  You’ll travel steadily uphill for a couple of miles, then veer left at a trail junction that will take you to tiny Lake Linda.

Fun Fact:  The Forest Service website says that Lake Linda is really named Lake Patricia, but all the trail signs nearby refer to it as Lake Linda.  So does the official Forest Service map.  Apparently, once you carve the wrong trail name into a wood sign and print it on a paper map, it’s mighty hard to correct it.

After you pass Lake Linda, you’ll soon reach tiny Lake Charline. A little less than a mile later, you’ll come to Calamut Lake, a great place for lunch and the best place along the trail to water your horse. 

Calamut Lake

Continue along the lake to a forest road that will return you to the junction with the trail to Lake Linda/Patricia.  From here you’ll retrace your steps to return to the horse camp. 

The Camping

Kelsay Valley Trailhead Campground has eleven equestrian sites with 1- to 4-horse corrals, and 5 non-equestrian sites.  Some sites are reservable at  Kelsay Valley has a toilet, manure bin, and camp host.  Stock water is available from Bradley Creek, which runs along the east side of the campground.  Mosquitoes can be plentiful early in the season, so bring a fly sheet and plenty of bug spray. 


Learn More

You’ll find more information about the Calamut Lake Trail and other trails near Kelsay Valley Horse Camp in Riding Southern Oregon Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, available at

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