Photo by Forrest

Rosary Lakes


  • Region: South Oregon Cascades
  • Length: 3.5 miles one_way
  • Min Elev: 5100 ft
  • Max Elev: 5900 ft
  • Season: Summer/Fall


Scenery: 3

Difficulty: 2

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Forrest
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Directions

From Eugene, drive Highway 58 to Willamette Pass. A quarter mile past the pass and ski area, look for the sign pointing for Pacific Crest Trailhead Parking, which is on the left (north) side of the road.

Trail Description

This trail leads to three beautiful, clear lakes just to the east of Willamette Pass. Because this route follows the Pacific Crest Trail, the grading and overall quality of the the trail is great. From the trailhead, the path climbs gradually along the forested hillside. There are some limited views down to Odell Lake and across to Diamond Peak through the trees. After 1.5 miles, the trail turns northerly and levels out as it passes by a small pond on the east side of the trail (bring your anti-mosquito juice). At 2.5 miles, the trail reaches the largest of the three Rosary Lakes. There is ample camping around the lake.

To continue to the other Rosary Lakes, continue along the trail as it stays close to the eastern shore, and then climbs slightly, reaching the next lake in another three-quarters of a mile, and then the final lake in another quarter mile. Good campsites are available at all of the lakes.

Those looking for a slightly longer trip can continue along the Pacific Crest Trail as it climbs up to the saddle to the north of the lakes, where there are some good views to the south, including Mt. Thielsen.






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