Explore the most popular birding trails in Marble Mountain Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Lower Wright Lake area is polluted by overgrazing. Trail, stream, campsites, and lake are fouled with cow manure. It's time to stop this abuse of wilderness, get the cows out, and clean up the mess!

Hiked from Shackleford TH to Summit Lake. Nice hike through mainly forest and a few smaller meadows. 4/5 because this is regularly used open range and there are lots of cow patties and plenty of horse poop.

Amazing. Just amazing. So many different lakes and trails. You could stay out there for weeks.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike, beautiful lake! We day hiked to Campbell Lake from Summit Lake where we were camped. The trail was easy, but steep and rocky in places. Some of the junctions were well marked, others not so much and that got a bit confusing. However, the lake is great for swimming and had several nice campsites. A good size creek was flowing into the lake as well. We even got to watch two Bald Eagles fish in lake. That was a great surprise!

5 months ago

Great hike, beautiful views. Tough terrain hard on the feet & ankles. Start early in the day, take breaks, don’t rush through it. Brink snacks & water.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Scenic and uncrowded. Trout in the lakes. Many day hikes and alternates in the area. We had a packer spot trip the whole family to Spirit Lake for a base camp. My dog got lost and went back to the trailhead, so I hiked out the same day I rode in, then hiked back to Spirit Lake the following day. Packer put the mileage at about 14 miles, not 21.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Don't use the link within the app for directions on an iOS device. It's fine getting you to Fort Jones and on to Quartz Valley Rd, but from there Siri and Apple Maps have you turn on to Sniktaw Ln to cut over to Shackleford Creek Rd. This is incorrect and takes you back into a sketchy rural area on a poorly maintained gravel road. Stay on Quartz Valley Rd another mile and you'll come to Shackeford Creek Rd which is the correct route to the trailhead.

The hike to Campbell lake is beautiful and in shade by late afternoon due to all the mature trees along the route. I'd rate the trail moderate for all but that last difficult mile. I used trekking poles because I'm not in great shape and my knees are starting to wear out. They helped a lot with the last mile where the rapid elevation change had me huffing and puffing, but it was totally worth it once we got to Campbell Lake.

The lake area was very quiet for our mid-week stay and the trout fishing was pretty good. Here's a link to the USDA page for more info on the fishing in Campbell and other area lakes:


Overnight temps were in the low 60's to high 50's so a little chilly for the fleece sleeping bags we brought instead of our normal gear.

Smoke from the fire burning well south (west of Etna) only occasionally wafted into the Campbell Lake area. We had a brief rain shower just before sunset from an isolated thunderstorm which helped keep the air clear our first night there.

On 8/9/17 there was still a sign at the trailhead that says campfires are ok with a permit. You can get one for free at:

Consider reviewing the notes and downloading the routes/maps for all three lakes in this area if you plan to explore Summit or Cliff Lake from this trailhead.

Overall I highly recommend this hike. Next time we'll try Summit or Cliff Lake.

on Campbell Lake

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Only hard the last mile-ish. Maybe only half mile. Lot's of gain via switchbacks. Before that the trail is rolling. Overall, I would say the trail is moderate and I am an obese, lazy man. I still made it to the lake in less than two hours. I rate a hard trail a bit differently.