Maidu Lake is a blue gem in the heart of the Umpqua National Forest. The Maidu Lake Trail will allow you and your canine companion to explore the pristine lakes, alpine forests, and open meadows along the crest of the Cascade Mountains. It also provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail and the Mount Thielsen Wilderness. Truly the land of fire and ice, this wilderness was shaped by the same volcanic activity that formed Crater Lake. The nearby Mount Thielsen itself is known as the lightning rod of the Cascades. You won’t soon forget the majestic views along this trail!
The Maidu Lake Trail starts at Miller Lake and continues west to Maidu Lake. The trailhead and parking can be found at Digit Point Day Use Area, on the east side of Miller Lake. You may want to kick back and relax here before you start your adventure, this peaceful area has picnic tables, barbecues, vault toilets and water spigots.
The trail starts by following along the northern edge of Miller Lake, and then Evening Creek. You’ll then cross a forested mountain pass, with pawrific views of Miller Lake and Mount Thielsen. Along your way, you’ll cross the Pacific Crest Trail #2000, and eventually connect to the North Umpqua Trail #1414 after reaching the end of Maidu Lake Trail. Once you’ve worked up a sweat, you and your pup will love the cool and clear Maidu Lake. This small freshwater lake feeds the North Umpqua River.
Dogs are welcome to join their two-legged friends as long as they stay leashed and on their best behavior. Make sure that you bring along waste bags, and follow Leave No Trace principles. There are water spigots at the trailhead, but you’ll need a bowl or water bottle for Fido to stay hydrated too. This trail is attainable for the average pup and person, but offers above average views that get hikers raving and tails wagging!
The Maidu Lake Trail is closed for snow between November and May. June and July are mosquito season in this area, so be sure to bring along bug spray! Always keep your curious pupper leashed and on the trail for their own safety.