Fourmile Lake Campground, located just east of Mt. McLoughlin on the shore of its namesake lake, offers good horse camping facilities and access to the fabulous trails at the south end of the Sky Lakes Wilderness.
If this beautiful area was near the heavily-populated Willamette Valley instead of midway between Klamath Falls and Medford, people would stand in line to experience it.
Instead, the Sky Lakes Wilderness offers very nice riding with plenty of solitude. Visitors will enjoy excellent trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail, that lead to a multitude of lakes.
The Badger Lake Trail takes you along the shore of Fourmile Lake to Badger Lake and Long Lake, and offers great views of Mt. McLoughlin across Fourmile Lake.
The PCT Loop is a beautiful 13.5-mile ride that offers pretty lake views without much elevation change.
The 15.5-mile Blue Canyon Loop is rockier and steeper than the PCT loop, but it passes more lakes and has more views from the ridges it traverses.
The Twin Ponds Trail offers a short but fun 5-mile ride to Summit Lake, Squaw Lake, and Norris and Orris Ponds.
The Rye Spur Trail takes you outside the wilderness along Rye Spur ridge to a large rock outcropping that offers expansive views of Klamath Lake and the forest to the south.
There’s plenty of riding at Fourmile Lake to fill a long weekend, so load up your horse and your camping gear, and give it a try!
Getting to Fourmile Lake Campground: From Medford, drive north on Hwy. 62 for 6 miles, then turn right on Hwy. 140 and continue 35 miles. Between mileposts 35 and 36, turn north on Road 3661 and follow it 5.7 miles to the campground. From Klamath Falls, take Hwy. 140 northwest for 35 miles. Between mileposts 35 and 36, turn north on Road 3661 and follow it 5.7 miles to the campground.
Facilities: Fourmile Lake Campground has 9 sites for horses (20 other campsites are for people only). Three of the sites have 2- or 4-horse corrals and the rest allow highlining or portable corrals. One site can hold 2 trailers, and the rest are singles. The campground has a vault toilet and potable water from a hand pump, although both are rather far from most of the horse sites. Manure is to be dispersed or carried out. There is day-use parking for several trailers. The campground is open mid-June through mid-October. There is a fee for overnight camping, but no fee for day-use parking. The campground’s elevation is 5,700 feet.
More Information: Fourmile Lake Campground is covered in the Fourmile Lake chapter of Riding Southern Oregon Horse Trails, by Kim McCarrel, (Ponderosa Press, 2014).