Finished this trail last year. Extremely hard trail. Best bet is to not hike here during extreme heat. Had to carry my wife on back about quarter of the way back. If you like hard hikes, this is for you! Had a blast on the trail though. Definitely tough!
I grew up near here and have been to Kangaroo lake countless times. The drive up is a small very windy road. Once at the top near the lake, you pass Lilly Pad pond. There is a a lot of parking and an easy trail, handicap accessible now to part of the lake. Camp sites, picnic tables and several outhouses. A pair of eagles have nested here for years, if your timing is right you can watch them dive into the lake to fish. Its amazing to watch.
First real backpacking trip. Entered at lovers camp and camped at little elk lake. Lots of deer and lots of bear. Trail is very fun and was challenging to me being green and all. Lake was stocked with small trout but I pulled out a pretty large one(adjusted for the setting). Very fun adventure and I will be back. Maybe consider waders for creek passage.
One of my favorite hikes. Beautiful views of Shasta, plus--of course--the top of Mt Ashland. Great forests and meadows, lovely flora and fauna. Campsites within easy distance for backpackers. The trail gets a little faint/overgrown in some portions but it's still obvious where to go. The picnic shelter at Grouse Gap is a nice spot for lunch location and view-wise, but I was bummed at how full of litter and trash it was when we stopped there. Also know that horses are allowed on this trail.
Whiskey Peak is one of the best views of the Siskiyou Crest and beyond that one can get with very little hiking (we measured 0.7 miles and steep), but a great deal of backroad driving (about an hour or so). However it's a beautiful drive. There are great viewpoints along the way and (depending on road conditions) the occasional fallen tree. At one point on this year's try, we almost weren't able to pass. Watch the road numbering. Google Map indicates 1035 takes you all the way, but really there's a left turn onto 350. The trailhead is hidden up behind a steep road with an open gate (officially road 356). If you get to the Y where the road starts to head back down the mountain, you've gone too far. Turn around, drive a few hundred yards retracing your route, and you'll find the road on your left. Drive up it a few yards and there's the unmarked trailhead to your left. The trail is easier than it seems it's going to be. At the top, you'll find the foundation of the old fire lookout tower. Take a lunch and spend your time enjoying the view: Mt. McLoughlin, Mt. Shasta, Applegate Lake, the Siskiyou Crest from Red Butte to Preston Peak, and the rest of the Klamaths farther south. We went the end of May and there were loads of wildflowers, too. A great adventure for the day.
This is a lovely and interesting drive into the deep backwoods south of Applegate Lake. Watch the road numbers to not get lost; they're pretty well marked. Partway up there's an overlook that marks out the various peaks of the Siskiyou Crest. The road summits a few hundred yards (perhaps) after it passes a trailhead that leads to the summit of Whiskey Peak (which we failed to find). But the climb looked like it must have been steep and (relatively) short.
Heather D. on Devil's Punchbowl Trail
Just over 5 miles in. Sounds easy, right? Think again. Very rewarding hike with some devilish switchbacks and some scary shale scaling over cliffs, with in officially stacked rock trail markers. Refreshing and beautifully cool deep blue lake at the end of this trail. Slept under the stars for 2 nights before heading home. Great experience. Would definitely do again and again.