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  • A short drive away, Squaw Lakes is a hidden winter jewel

    It's a-60 minute drive to get there, but it feels a world away
  • One of the open secrets of the Applegate Valley is Squaw Lakes. They are remote, but still close enough that in summer, locals throng their waters to camp, swim and hike. In winter, however, the crowds are gone and they become a secret again.
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  • One of the open secrets of the Applegate Valley is Squaw Lakes. They are remote, but still close enough that in summer, locals throng their waters to camp, swim and hike. In winter, however, the crowds are gone and they become a secret again.
    In late January, Barb and I did a five-mile loop around both lakes on an unseasonably sunny, warm, winter day with blue skies and no wind. The lighting, colors and reflections on the lakes were spectacular, a phenomenon that maybe happens once or twice in winter.
    To get there, take Highway 238 to Ruch, turn left toward Applegate Lake at the junction, go 14 miles to the dam, then left across the dam to Forest Service Road 1075 and follow it nine miles to the parking area. A short hike from the parking area, 50-acre Big Squaw Lake lies nestled within the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
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