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.