Azalea/Lonesome Lake (Red Butte Wild.)

Rating (Out of 5): 4.5

Location: Near Applegate, Ore.

Distance: 14 miles round-trip to Azalea; 20 miles round-trip to Lonesome

Difficulty: Hard

Camping: Yes at Azalea; not much at Lonesome

Quick hit: This fantastic pair of lakes in the Red Buttes Wilderness offers a dramatic hike around Phantom Meadow, atop mountain passes and across the Oregon/California border until you reach the lake. Azalea Lake itself has well-established campsites and hungry brown trout for anglers. Lonesome Lake pretty little lake about 1.5- to 2-miles from Azalea.

Directions: From Grants Pass, travel south on Highway 238 for 18 miles to green steel bridge before the town of Applegate. Turn south onto Thompson Creek Road for 11.9 miles. Proceed through the intersection for 2.8 miles on gravel road. Then turn right and cross a bridge (there may be signs that read “fir glade”) and fork immediately left onto Road 1030. Follow Road 1030 for 5.1 miles. Then turn left onto Road 400 for 4.7 miles (it becomes Road 1040). Fork right onto Road 800 for 0.6 of a mile and stay left into small parking lot. Trail begins at Fir Glade Trailhead.

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