Marble Mountain PCT

  • Marble Mountain Wilderness
  • Marble Mountain PCT Adventure
  • Seiad Valley Trailhead to Etna Summit Trailhead = 55.8 miles
    • Seiad Valley Trailhead to Grider Creek Campground @ 6.5 miles
    • Grider Creek Trail at Road 46N72 @ 14.1 miles
    • Buckhorn Spring @ 20.8 miles
    • Bear Lake – Turk Lake Trails @ 24.8 miles
    • Paradise Lake @ 26.4 miles
    • Marble Valley Guard Station / Canyon Creek Trail @ 31.7 miles
    • Red Rock Valley Trail / Cold Spring Trail @ 35.0 miles
    • Older PCT route to Kidder Lake Trail @ 40.2 miles
    • Shelly Fork Trail / Shelly Meadows Trail @ 44.6 miles
    • Etna Summit @ 55.8 miles

Mt Eddy PCT

  • Scott Mountain Summit to Trinity Divide = 37.3 miles
    • Masterson Meadow Saddle @ 4.4 miles
    • Bull Lake Saddle @ 12.3 miles
    • Parks Creek Road 42N17 @ 20.7 miles
    • Upper Deadfall Lake @ 24 miles
    • Porcupine Lake spur trail @ 29.4 miles
    • Road 40N30 @ 35 miles
    • Trinity Divide @ 37.3 miles

Mt Eddy PCT Highlights

  • Parks Creek Trailhead to Seven Lakes Basin Spur Trail = 16.5 miles
    • Parks Creek Trailhead to PCT/Parks Creek Junction @ 2.8 miles – 6,860 ft
      • Note: Lower Deadfall Spur Trail to PCT junction = 1.5 miles
    • PCT/Parks Creek Junction to Upper Deadfall Lake @ 3.0 miles – 7,220 ft
    • Sisson Trail 6W06 saddle @ 5.2 miles – 7,410 ft
    • Toad Lake Trail @ 8 miles – 7,310 ft
    • Porcupine Spur Trail @ 8.3 miles – 7,160 ft
      • Porcupine Lake = 0.2 miles
    • Gumboot Trail @ 13.7 miles – 6,510 ft
      • Gumboot Lake = 0.7 miles
    • Upper Seven Lakes Basin Spur Trail @ 15.9 miles
      • Seven Lakes Basin Spur Trail 6W12 to Laken Helen = 0.6 miles

Bear Lakes – Siskiyou Wilderness

Bear Lakes are a moderate 3.15 miles to Bear Lake from the Elbow Springs Trailhead in Siskiyou Wilderness. The primary lake lies at an elevation of 4,850 feet with a small pond above it, while the harder-to-reach Lower Bear Lake is a steep cross-country scramble drop to 4,300 feet. The Bear Lake Trail doesn’t appear to have a number or official name, but is located off the Kelsey Creek National Recreation Trail #4204 near Clear Creek on Highway 96 in Northern California.

Oregonnator.com appears to have a recent photo of the burn and lakes, and a good description of Bear Lakes and vicinity:

USFS – Siskiyou Wilderness

Bear Lakes – Zach’s Adventures Article

Bear Lakes – Oregonnator Blog Post

  • 2.85 miles one-way, 1.5 hours hiking time

Alpine, Smith and Morris Lakes

Alpine & Smith Lakes – Trinity Alps Wilderness

  • Distance = ~22 miles
    • Stuart Fork Trailhead to Alpine Lake = 8 miles one-way
    • Stuart Fork Trailhead to Smith Lake – 10 miles one-way
    • Stuart Fork Trailhead to Alpine Lake = 17.4 miles roundtrip
    • Alpine Lake to Smith Lake = 4 miles roundtrip
    • Smith Lake to Morris Lake = ? miles roundtrip
  • Season: Mid July – Late September
  • Recommended Route: Stuart Fork Trailhead to?
  • Difficult Trail – Steep Climb
  • Stuart Fork Trailhead
    • Highway 3, Stuart Fork Arm of Trinity Lake
    • 3.5 miles to Stuart Fork Trailhead
    • Bridge Campground nearby
  • Cross Stuart Fork @ 5 miles in from Stuart Fork Trailhead – Dangerous in high water or after rain
  • 2,600 foot climb from Oak Flat to Alpine Lake over 2.5 miles = 4 hours
    • Last 2 miles are steep and exposed
    • Water at 1.75 miles from Oak Flat where trail meets outlet
  • Alpine Lake (14 acres) – Brook Trout
    • 3 campsites at lower end of Alpine Lake
    • Fishing is better in Stuart Fork than Alpine Lake
  • Trail to Smith & Morris Lakes – 2 miles
    • Easier to day-hike due to steep terrain and bushwhacking
      • 1/2 day for 2 miles with backpacking bag
    • Trinity Alps Photo Blog – Smith and Morris Lakes
    • Avoid during lightening storm
    • Smith Lake @ 6,950 feet (24 acres) – Rainbow and Brook Trout
      • Camping on eat shore, north of outlet crossing
        • Camping better up at Morris
    • Morris Lake (? acres) – ? miles
      • Camping on west shore near inlet
  • There is an alternative route to Smith & Morris from Canyon Creek Trail or Morris Meadows

Graph of Climb from Oak Flat to Alpine Lake – from Jan’s Jaunts Blog

Graph of Climb from Alpine Lake to Smith Lake- from Jan’s Jaunts Blog

 

 

Trinity Alps PCT

  • Total Trinity Alps – Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) miles = 18.9 miles
    • Hike west to east to avoid northbound PCT travelers
  • From Carter Meadows Summit (6,180 ft) heading east:
    • 1.4 miles @ South Fork Lakes junction
    • 6.1 miles @ Fox Creek Lake junction
    • 9.0 miles @ Telephone Lake junction
    • 9.5 miles @ Middle Boulder Lake junction
    • 12.0 miles @ East Boulder Lake junction
    • 18.9 miles @ Scott Mountain Summit trailhead (5,410 feet)

Caribou Lakes – Trinity Alps

Caribou Basin 3-5 nights

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Crossing South Fork Salmon River at start of Caribou Lakes Trail (fill up on water)

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Crossing South Fork Salmon River at start of Caribou Lakes Trail (fill up on water)

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View of the South Fork Salmon River drainage from Caribou Lakes Trail

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View of the Caribou Basin from Caribou Lakes Trail

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Descending into Snowslide Lake on Caribou Lake Trail

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Snowslide and Lower Caribou Lake from Caribou Lakes Trail (smoke from wildfire)

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Snowslide Lake

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Snowslide Lake and headwall

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Snowslide Lake

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Camping at Snowslide Lake

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Camping at Snowslide Lake

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View of Lower Caribou Lake from trail to Upper Caribou Lake

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View of Lower and Middle Caribou Lakes from trail to Upper Caribou Lake

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Trail to Upper Caribou Lake

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Trail to Upper Caribou Lake

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Trail to Upper Caribou Lake

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Pond near Upper Caribou Lake

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Upper Caribou Lake looking toward Caribou Scramble

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Upper Caribou Lake

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Upper Caribou Lake

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Campsite at Upper Caribou Lake

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Trail around Upper Caribou Lake

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Upper Caribou Lake looking toward outlet

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Upper Caribou Lake looking toward outlet

 

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Meadows near trail to Caribou Scramble

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Upper Caribou Lake sunset

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Camping at Upper Caribou Lake

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Lower Caribou Lake

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Lower Caribou Lake

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Granite slab on Lower Caribou Lake

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Lower Caribou Lake

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Sunset hammock on Lower Caribou Lake

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Sunset hammock on Lower Caribou Lake

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Hiking out of Caribou Basin

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Hiking out of Caribou Basin looking toward Cesear Peak

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Hiking out of Caribou Basin

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Brown’s Meadows Creek

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Brown’s Meadows

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Camping at Brown’s Meadows

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Brown’s Meadows

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Campsite at Brown’s Meadows

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Hiking out on the New Caribou Trail looking toward Coffee Creek drainage