Little Squaw Trail
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The Little Squaw Trail is a beautiful short interpretive hike that passes two mountain lakes. This provides visitors with opportunities for picnicking and swimming as well as fishing for Cutthroat and Rainbow trout. This is an excellent family hike.
Beginning at the Squaw Lake parking area, the trail follows a maintenance road for 1/8 of a mile to Big Squaw Lake. Immediately after reaching the lake, turn right and follow this road for another quarter of a mile to Little Squaw Lake. The trail crosses a footbridge below the outlet of the lake, and climbs briefly before entering a mixed conifer and hardwood forest. The dense forest provides shaded cover in the summer heat. Interpretive signs give the visitor an opportunity to identify the types of trees and vegetation along the trail.
The trail ends at Mulligan Bay at Big Squaw Lake. For those wishing to extend their hike, continue north on the lakeshore road that circles the lake. Visitors ending their hike at Mulligan Bay can return to the trailhead by following the maintenance road west for half a mile.
Directions: From Ruch: Travel south on County Road 859 8.5 miles past the Star Ranger Station to Applegate Dam. Turn left, crossing the dam, and continue on Forest Service Road 1075 for 8.5 miles to Swua Lakes Parking area.
Seasonal Access: Normally Accessible: Year-round
Facility Type: Trail
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