Yellow Jacket Loop Trail

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9.0 km
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315 m
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The Yellow Jacket loop Trail is a fun hiking circuit in the Umpqua National Forest of Oregon that will take you through a beautiful woodland landscape. While out on the trail, you will climb uphill through the forest, enjoying the peaceful setting before looping around some open stretches of meadowland to make your descent. Be sure to bring plenty of water and wear proper hiking footwear for this adventure.

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Route Description for Yellow Jacket Loop Trail

If you are after a hike in Oregon that isn’t too strenuous, but still offers beautiful views and a fun time on the trail, then the Yellow Jacket Loop Trail is a great option to explore.

Setting out from the trailhead on Hemlock Lake Road, you will make your way initially to the northwest and follow the trail as it bends to the southwest. Here, you will gradually climb uphill through a beautiful stretch of forest filled with mature trees and vibrant plant life.

Exiting the tree cover, you will pass through some lovely meadows and continue along the path as it turns to the east, providing some pleasant views of the surrounding landscape. After entering back into the forest, the trail will turn to the north, taking you across Hemlock Creek on the descent back into the trailhead where you began your hike.

Getting to the Yellow Jacket Loop Trail Trailhead

The starting point for the Yellow Jacket Loop Trail can be found along Hemlock Lake Road, right next to Hemlock Lake itself.

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  • Backcountry Campground

    Hemlock Lake

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    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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