Popular Driveup Lakes 

Popular drive-up lakes:

  1. Trinity Lake – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  2. Lake Shasta – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  3. Whiskeytown Lake – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  4. Ruth Lake – Six Rivers National Forest
  5. Castle Lake – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  6. Fish Lake – Six Rivers National Forest

Popular drive-up brackish water bodies:

  1. Big Lagoon
  2. Freshwater Lagoon
  3. Stone Lagoon
  4. Lake Earl


Hikes to lakes within one mile of the parking area:

  1. Kangaroo Lake – Klamath National Forest
  2. Kelly Lake – Siskiyou Wilderness ().25 miles)
  3. Taylor Lake – Russian Wilderness
  4. Buck lake – Siskiyou Wilderness

Short Hikes to Lakes in Northern California

Short hikes to lakes:

  1. Eleanor Lake – Trinity Alps (0.1 miles)
  2. Hidden Lake – Trinity Alps (0.8 miles)
  3. East Weaver Lake – Trinity Alps (1.5 miles)
  4. Fish Lake – Trinity Alps (1.8 miles)
  5. Boulder Lakes – Trinity Alps (2 miles)
  6. Buck Lake – Siskiyou Wilderness (1.25 miles)
  7. Kelly Lake – Siskiyou Wilderness (0.25 miles)
  8. Taylor Lake – Russian Wilderness (0.5 miles)
  9. Bingham Lake – Russian Wilderness (1.25 miles)
  10. Paradise Lake – Marbles (1.5 miles)

Difficult or Cross-Country short hikes to lakes:

  1. Cecil Lake – Trinity Alps Wilderness

Coastal Trail

  1. California Coastal Trail
  2. Hiking the Coastal Trail book by Rob Lorentzen and Richard Nichols
  3. Coastal Trail in Del Norte County
    1. Last Chance Section = 13 miles
    2. DeMartin Section = 12.6 miles
    3. Hidden Beach Section = 7.8 miles
  4. Coastal Trail in Humboldt County
    1. Gold Bluffs Beach Section
    2. Skunk Cabbage Section = 7.6 miles
    3. Redwood Creek Section
    4. Stone Lagoon Section
    5. Big Lagoon Section
    6. Patrick’s Point Section
    7. Stagecoach Road Section
    8. Little River and Clam Beach Section
    9. Hammond Trail
    10. Mad River Beach
    11. Lanphere Dunes
    12. Manila Dunes
    13. Samoa Dunes
    14. Bay Route
    15. Table Bluff Section
    16. Centerville Beach
    17. Mattole Road
    18. Lost Coast Trail
  5. Coastal Trail in Mendocino County
    1. Sinkyone Trail

Lost Coast Headlands

Lost Coast Headlands consists of two moderate trails to secluded, rugged beaches, at the end of the road to Centerville Beach in Ferndale. The first is Fleener Creek Trail, 0.5 miles downhill to the beach. Guthrie Creek Trail is 1.0 miles downhill to the beach. Both can be difficult and possibly unsafe in muddy conditions, especially Guthrie Creek Trail that has a steep muddy patch right before the beach that some people were turning back from. Fleener Creek Trail has a large driftwood pile that must be carefully crossed, or short wood stairs leading to a creek crossing, after a steep muddy descent to the beach that a sign at the trailhead warns about. If you have bad knees or ankles, you might not want to try these trails in winter, and walking poles are recommended.