The first mile of trail from Kelsay Valley trailhead
follows the river as it meanders through a broad, grassy
flat. At 2.7 miles, near the Tolo Mountain Trail (#1466)
you enter the 55,100-acre Mt. Thielsen Wilderness (this
segment is closed to mountain bike use). As the trail
climbs toward Maidu Lake, you will travel over deep
deposits of pumice deposited over 7,700 years ago by
the eruption of Mt. Mazama that created Crater Lake.
From Maidu Lake, you hike west to Kelsay Valley Trailhead
(9 miles) or east to Digit Point Trailhead (4.75 miles).
Be prepared for hoards of mosquitos during the late
spring and early summer months.
LAKE LUCILE and MAIDU LAKE
|At about 6,000 foot elevation,
both of these High Cascades lakes are stocked with
fingerling trout. Lake Lucile covers 9 acres and
averages a depth of 15 feet. Maidu Lake, the source
of the North Umpqua River, averages a depth of 12
feet and covers 20 acres.