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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 4, 2020
HikingBugsGreat!Scramble

Backpacked two nights in the middle of July. The road is pretty good as far as paved forest roads go, I didn’t have to take any detours and just followed the signs. The wildflowers were amazing! The hike in is not very strenuous. We spent the first night at the lower Sky High Lakes. A bear visited the camping area where we were in the middle of the night in the higher tree area but there was no incident. The next day we moved camp to Shadow Lake. While the views of Marble Mountain and the valley are awesome, it had quite a few bugs. At night it was a little breezy and they stopped. The scramble up to the peak in this map follows an area with very high brush, I actually moved to the more rocky approach slightly east before the end of the trail. I suspect that following the ridge would’ve been much easier than going from the end of the trail. On our way just out of Shadow Lake early morning we had another bear encounter with a mother and a cub just after going up the steep ridge from the lake. Again no issues, a little bit of staring and they ran down the hill.

Chris Vest reviewed Campbell Lake
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Hiking

We backpacked to Summit Lake. Stayed there... a couple of very nice campsites. the next day we hiked to both Cliff and Campbell lakes. We would have picked either of those lakes over Summit as they both had better camp spots.

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Karson Neff reviewed Lower Wright Lake Trail
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HikingBugsGreat!

Great trail! Road up is pretty East, last mile is 4x4 required. One narrow cliff hugger for reference, I drive a 2019 Nissan Frontier 4x4 and made it easily. The trail to hike is relatively easily to follow, there are signs at all the major turns. 3.1 miles to upper wright lake and another .9 miles to lower wright lake. Plenty of camping, not that populated. Great views. Didn’t see any bears or cats and I was hiking solo.

victor Kwasnikow reviewed Campbell Lake
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FishingBugs

Visited 7/26/20 Trail is gorgeous, was busy on Sunday. my friend and I brought a Raft and fished. Did a bit of swimming. First time we've ever been skunked not even getting a bite trolling the deepest part of the lake. While swimming I was looking for Trout. Did not see any bigger then frys. A few mosquitos on the trail by the creeks but nothing a little repellent couldn't fix.

Cindy Hall reviewed Campbell Lake
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HikingBugs

We did this trail as a first backpacking trip with our 13 and 15 year old. We stayed at Campbell Lake, then did the Summit Lake and Cliff Lake loop the second day. It was gorgeous! Lots of wildflowers and beautiful meadows. The hike was shady and there weren’t any crowds. The lakes were warm enough to swim but still refreshing. There were nicely cleared spots to amp with prebuilt fire pits. A great first backpacking trip!

Crystal T reviewed Campbell Lake
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BackpackingBugs

This is one of my favorite hikes! Wildflowers were going crazy! There were a lot of mosquitoes and biting flies this trip which i don't remember being a problem in past trips.

Staci Nevin reviewed Campbell Lake
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Hiking

Amazing hike! This was our first backpacking trip and it was a great introduction! The last 2 miles in are pretty tough but worth it when you see the lake! Plenty of places to get water. When we got to Campbell Lake we kept hiking around to the far side (same trail you would continue on to Cliff lake). Follow Campbell Lake all the way around and scramble over the stream for a great place to camp.

Ray Turner reviewed Rainy Lake
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First to Review

The only thing keeping this from getting 5 stars is that the trail is barely maintained. We went out in early July from Lovers camp trailhead and we lost the trail about 10 miles in. The trail after the ridge is heavily overgrown and became indistinguishable from the wilderness. The hike is absolutely stunning start to finish and is quite difficult, so bring lots of water or a water filter with you, there are plenty of creeks and springs on the way.

Krislyn Ann reviewed Campbell Lake
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Hiking

great hike with a 5 year old. simple easy and shaded trail. absolutely beautiful

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Jessica Goldman reviewed Boulder Peak via Big Meadows
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Hiking

I attempted to drive to this trailhead June 13, 2020, and there was a closed gate when you turn off of Forest Route 43N21 to 43N23. Signage mentions that you can still access this area by foot, however whomever manages/owns this land does not want cars in this area "due to vandalism".

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HikingMuddyOff trailSnow

Backpacked this over Memorial Day 2020, counterclockwise. Beautiful scenery with lots of snow, flowers, and trees. Some of the river crossings are wide and rapid, so bring hiking poles and be prepared to take your boots off. Two regions along this trail are completely snowed over for half a mile--the point from Sky High Lakes to the PCT and the Red Rock Creek Trail from the PCT to the valley. Be prepared to walk through knee deep snow (or slide down) for these steep portions. If you're planning on walking north along the PCT towards Box Mountain, the ridge underneath Black Marble Mountain is completely snowed over with dangerous crossings through cliffs and avalanche terrain. I'd recommend NOT hiking towards Box Mountain past noon due to avalanche risk. If the PCT is snowed over, find a longer, alternative detour on top of the ridge rather than a short detour right next to the trail. Otherwise, the trail is beautiful and one of the best hikes I've done. Would highly recommend it!

Casey Cunningham reviewed Campbell Lake
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HikingMuddySnow

The trail was beautiful on our hike to Campbell lake we crossed the creek and went up that route it is less trafficked and steeper. The lakes were magnificent but there was people everywhere. On our hike out there had been several large groups on horseback with goats sheep etc. when I say large I mean 20-30 horses each group. Anyway they completely ruined the trail it was a muddy hoof print mess. Beside that there was horse poop every 50 feet covered in fly’s. Not to mention all the feces in the many creek crossings and runoff. Sure glad this is not my water shed! I thought this was a leave no trace place. livestock is completely ruining this place. The hike out was terrible and depressing. Also crappy dog owners. Pick it up and don’t let your dog harass wildlife!

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Backpacking

Beautiful!

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 31, 2019
Backpacking

We did this trail clockwise so we had to turn around to check out the views for the first half. This trail is better done counter-clockwise. The soil on the trail is very dry and powdery making it very easy to form dust clouds as you walk.

Adam Gerber reviewed Campbell Lake
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Hiking

Great backpacking trip. My wife did this for her first backpacking trip ever and absolutely loved it! We saw so many salamanders on the trail and in the lake we lost count. Lake was warm, probably in the 80’s. Hiked to Campbell lake and camped at one of the camp sites marked on the only saved map on here. Hit cliff lake the next day and only ran into 3 small groups the whole trip. On our way back down we passed by log lake which was actually a fun way to backpack out. Great camp sites right near Campbell lake. Fire pits are already made. Rained torrentially on us the first night but we knew the storms were coming. Will do this again! 12.5 miles total. I’d rate the first 2/3’s as easy to moderate. The last 1/3 up is moderate for sure. The hike out is easy!

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Backpacking

We stayed one night at Frying Pan lake and it was wonderful. We had the lake to ourselves in late July while the other lakes had several groups at them. The water was very warm with hundreds of pollywogs and salamanders and the bottom was eight inches of muck. The bigger lake was the only lake that wasn't warm. We stopped for a swim in lower sky high on our way out. The trail was steep but easy to follow and mostly marked at intersections. There were several small streams and one required taking off our boots and crossing in Tevas. There were cows with cow bells and more wild flowers than I could count. I must have seen 20 different kinds of flowers, it was amazingly beautiful! Really beautiful views and plants and there were almost zero mesquites there!

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Hiking

Just finished this hike with my girls, one under 10. It challenging as a one-nighter (staying the night before at Lovers Camp) but doable if you are experienced--or even to add some seasoning to a couple first-timers! We skipped the odd extra spur to the PCT on this map and stayed at Frying Pan - picture perfect. Note that this map omits the last return bit, which is a challenging (after 5-7 hours) distance of a mile or so. And to the other review, there is a map of the current detour to Lovers Camp here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd641871.pdf Trail is clear and beautiful, but you should have a real map, be comfortable with a few unmarked side paths, and be prepared to refill water at least 2-3 times on the way up, unless you enjoy carrying an extra gallon. Tons of butterflies and wildflowers, and a cup of coffee on the PCT. First time in 15 years and totally delightful.

Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 14, 2019
Hiking

Beautiful walk. If we had it to do again, we would have gone around to Deep Lake to camp rather than Little Elk. Saw 3 bear, one possible cougar, many mountain lakes and big views.

Jennie L reviewed Campbell Lake
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Hiking

We hiked this trail 6/24/19. The trail is beautiful and well maintained. Overall it took us a little over 3 hours to get to the lake. We camped at Campbell lake. Cliff and Campbell lake are both beautiful, but after seeing Cliff lake, I wish we would have camped there. As far as bugs go, there were very few this time of year. The trail actually starts about 1/2 a mile further down than this map shows. I also had a problem with google maps trying to take me the wrong way. It wanted me to go down Big Meadows Rd. Thanks to R P I knew what road to take. As they stated, the only road that can get you there is by going down Shackleford Creek. We got there from Quartz Valley Rd. We did see a few other people up there, but the camping areas were so spread out we felt as though we were the only ones there.

James Tweed reviewed Campbell Lake
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Backpacking

6/21/2019 did Shackleford T.H. to Campbell lake then to Cliff Lake and then looped out. 3 day overnight backpacking trip. Trails are in great condition. No issues. Water temps are already swimmable. Beautiful scenery. Lots of company (though still quiet and peaceful), space is limited so set out early if you want a preferable spot to camp. Going back to the area, more to see. Be prepared to hike some switchbacks when in the final approach to the lakes. The area will be used to graze cattle (seems strange but whatever) starting 7/1 and there was evidence of cows from previous years everywhere so bring good water filters just in case.

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Hiking

Just completed this June 20. Spectacular walk, meadows are lush lots of water and great views. Saw one black bear 1/2 mile below Sky High Lake. Sky High lake has lots of hungry small Brook trout. Main road to the trailhead is closed get directions from Ranger station in Ft. Jones.

Jeriann Schweppe reviewed Boulder Peak via Big Meadows
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HikingBugsOff trailOver grownSnow
First to Review

I would recommend this trail for experienced hikers with good sense of direction. Trail is mostly visible but overgrown in some spots. We hiked off but near the trail. Snow was up to 4ft in some places along the peaks. Exceptional views. Lots of bugs, which made it difficult to rest during the day but was clear of them at night. Took the lady, dogs and step dad, made this trail a wonderful Father’s Day hike. At the peak there was a sunset to the west, view of Mt. Shasta and valley, rising full moon to the east along with Jupiter.

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