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Nice views, very large trees and changes in scenery made it an interesting hike. Walking up into the open meadow was breath taking. Overall easy-moderate hike with one section of stairs. Minus one star for the amount of horse poo on the trail. They were like land mines out there. We camped at the lower lake but didn’t get a spot next to the water. There were people there that used that as their home base for a few days. Found a nice one up in the trees with ample room and fire pits.

hiking
2 months ago

September 2019 - The paved road was open and multiple other hikers were using the trail. Beautiful trail, although I went to the ridge and didn't make it to the lakes. Temperatures were high 70s during the day and less bugs than I expected!

The views on the rim are phenomenal

Hello, as of 7/25/2019 the road to Lover's Camp is paved and open. The road is subject to closure at any time but for now the detour isn't needed. Please monitor the link for more info. Thanks and happy hiking! https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/klamath/alerts-notices

Extremely strenuous and rewarding! Amazingly, I didn’t get any ticks or poison oak. Once you finish this section you’ll be ready to tackle anything. Camp at kangaroo spring, it’s secluded and gorgeous.

Pros: I loved the location and the terrain. It was beautiful! The big lake was a nice temp for swimming. The bottom of the lake was grassy and muddy but the water was clear. There were wildflowers aplenty especially when we got up to the PCT and hiked for a day hike. We made base camp at the lower Sky Lake which is the bigger one of the three. There were many campsites located a good distance from each other and nice camps. Well cared for, no trash around. There were plenty of creeks that we crossed making water easily accessible so you don’t need to carry much water. Lots of nice people along the way. Not too many bugs but there were some. Cons: lots of horses and dogs. Horse poop on the trail is common and it made for a dusty trail. Moderate is a good description of the difficulty.

we came in from red Rock canyon and then across the pct and down to sky high lakes. that was about 10 miles in and then 6 out to lovers camp trailhead. great views, the lakes are great for swimming and the valley is stunning.

Such a beautiful hike. This was my first time in CA and I was not disappointed. We hiked from Lover's Camp (a long drive from the main road because of the road closures although the route was well labeled) and camped at Lower Sky High Lake. The swimming was wonderful and we just camped for a couple of days and did day hikes including to the Marble Mountains and to Shadow Lake. We arrived during the weekend and there was no one camping on the lake, but the campsites did start to fill up on the weekend. There is no water at Lover's Camp also, but a nice stream to filter nearby. Also, the wild flowers on the way were a huge highlight!

Fortunate for us, we gave a ride to Ranger Dan to the Ft Jones. He made us aware that the paved road FR #44N45 to Lovers Camp was closed. He gave us alternate directions to access Lovers Camp via Forest Road #44N41. This route is all gravel, hence it will be a longer drive but the hike is well worth the drive. It is a decent, well marked (with tape & small signs to Lover's Camp) gravel road. Start at the south end of Fort Jones turn west onto Scott River Rd (next to Forest Service building). Drive approximately 16 miles to the bridge over Kelsey Creek, then turn left immediately after crossing bridge onto gravel road #44N41. Follow signs & tape uphill to Lovers Camp. For detailed mileage, check at Fort Jones Ranger Station. We did this as a day hike, hiking up Marble Valley to the PCT and dropping down to Sky High Lakes and returning via a loop to the TH. The views from the PCT, and as you descend above the lakes, are absolutely stunning. We did cross a few small snow patches. We only encountered a handful of backpackers. Lots of deer. Pretty stream crossings and wildflowers.

hiking
blowdown
no shade
over grown
5 months ago

Much better access is available by Forest Service road (41N33) across the canyon from Snowslide Gulch. Trail crosses Little North Fork Salmon River and goes up the opposite (west) side of Snowslide Gulch. Trail gets a lot more wildlife travel than human and can be hard to follow. Will try to get a track next time.

Absolutely beautiful area! We hiked in from Lovers Camp TH and spent one night at Sky High Lakes. The second and third nights we spent at Summit Lake with a day hike to Campbell Lake. And the fourth night we hiked into Red Rock Valley and camped near a meadow and creek confluence. Despite part of the trip being on a weekend, we didn't see all that many people and it was very peaceful. Our trip was at the end of June and the mosquitoes weren't nearly as bad as other mountain lakes I've camped at. I loved the variety of the terrain, the views, and the wildflowers were stunning.

One of my favorite overnight hikes! We took our two children 8 and 11 last year on Father’s Day weekend! There is a brutal climb about 4 miles in. Was very quiet as the road was closed. We had to use logging roads to get to the trailhead! Hit snow at about 5 miles up and didn’t have GPS so set up camp. Didn’t make it to the lakes but it was a Beautiful hike! I want to go back! Plenty of shade and creek crossings and beautiful scenery!

Beautiful drive campgrounds nice too hiked to beaches

“Review stars” not accurate, just an update that as of today 3/12/18, the road after the bridge, past Indian Scotty campground is closed due to slides and fire suppression activities! Either adding an extra 5mi of hike, or the Lovers Camp trailhead is still open (the road-closed signs advised it) if you take Canyon Creek Rd another 2.5mi and turn left onto an unmarked road and then follow the randomly placed signs. I tried that but ended up turning around after a few miles, road got a little sketchy with loose clay-mud and melting snow/slush! (4wd rav4 was slipping a bit). Just leaving this here in case anyone else drives two hours to get here and go on this hike just to putz around and drive back haha :)

My husband and I backpacked this in August of 2016 in the middle of the week. We were surprised to see so many people up there, but it was still absolutely worth it. The first half is fun but nothing mind-blowing. There's a pretty steep stretch in the middle that gets your heart pumping, but other than that it was mild. The views are beautiful; lush meadows, peaks, streams, and plentiful tree coverage. Every reasonable spot around the Sky High lakes had already been claimed by early evening, but we nabbed the perfect spot on the south end of Frying Pan lake and had that whole area to ourselves. Such a great spot! We day hiked up to Shadow Lake the next day and decided to go back to camp, pack up our stuff, hike back up there and spend the night. Lots of traffic on the PCT ridge, but Shadow Lake we had all to ourselves until sunset. That view from the cliff past Shadow Lake looking down on the valley and Sky High Lakes was jaw-dropping. Don't miss it.

The view of the ridge is reason enough to take this trip, but there is also the black marble mountain, the sky makes, and the elk lakes. The views were beautiful. I was only up there for two days. Ideally I would have liked to have gone for four and get in the sky and elk lakes in the same trip. I will definitely be going again. The stairs were difficult but it was so worth it. Oh, and don't be afraid of the cows.

backpacking
Sun Oct 08 2017

Little travelled, except maybe in hunting season (late Summer/ Fall: check). Good basecamp: lots of nearby features. Trout in the lake(s). In summer it is hot down at Sawyers Bar, but it is pleasant when you get to altitude. Easiest to take two days in (uphill) if your are heavily loaded or with kids. One day out isn't too hard.

I hiked to Devil's Peak-gorgeous but a lot of ticks!

This is a fantastic hike. I give it five stars especially for the last leg, between the Sky High Lakes (where we dropped our packs and camped) to Shadow Lake (where you can camp but there is no shade). We day hiked up there and took a swim. Mad wild flowers and scenic views of Marble Canyon, and nobody else was there. The first part was great too, through a shaded forest, crossing around 10 streams. Camping near Frying Pan Lake was incredible too, overlooking meadows and mountains, with incredible sunsets. The best campsite is right on the lake in a patch of trees, just off the trail. The GPS map for this hike is wrong starting at around 5 miles (you can see it doesn't go to any lakes - do not turn right at the sign for Marble Vy Cabin!) so follow signs or better yet, bring a map (you especially need one if you explore beyond the lakes. Also the bridge was out when we went and finding the trailhead on an alternate route is challenging. Stop by the ranger station for instructions if it's still out.

Good hike. The first part of the trail is lush greenery in a dense forest. We cut down to Lower Sky High Lake to do some fishing and the next day bushwacked along marble mountain ridge, summited marble mountain and then cut down and back up to summit black marble mountain which was incredible. Once you are on the talus of the mountain, you will know how it was given it's name...

I hiked to Devil's Peak...pants were COVERED in ticks...I jumped in the water afterwards

If you take the PCT section to the right, you come around the top side of the ridge and it's much better!

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.

Always A Beautiful Drive. Lots of places to pull aside for pictures and Picnics.

It's been 6 years since taking our pilgrimage. This was my wife's favorite hike and during the 15 years we hiked the Trinities, Marble, Russian and Siskiyou Wilderness lake trails I think we trekked to Sky High Lakes 6 times. It's a vast area offering great seclusion. 2 major lakes and a "frying pan" lake make up the valley. There are a lot of steps to take going up and hikers with troubled knees should consider using a pole. It's not hard but has a relatively constant climb (and descent). I love the large grove of aspen you find as you approach the lakes. We felt like the hike was perhaps a 14 mile round trip which was our preferred route though we took the loop trail back one time. Going West up the trail toward Marble Mountain you come to a point where the sign says something like: narrow trail not suitable for horses. There is a trail down from there that reconnects with the Lovers Camp trail completing the loop. I highly recommend it though it adds a few extra miles. The marble massif is an incredible sight. We had no problems finding our trails but I wouldn't try it without GPS and a great map when going in the early season snow. Mid Summer the trail gets pretty dusty due to the pack trains bringing fishing groups into the lakes. We found it best to get there in late June or late September and bring "Off" spray with you. We heard critters approaching the tent and sniffing around most night but that's just part of the fun. There were cattle in the lower valley area but they never came around us. There is little firewood and it takes a lot looking to get enough for an evenings fire. Logical campsites have been occupied in half a dozen different spots but in my mind, the premo spot is on a little peninsula jutting out into the big lake about 30 feet. It has a tree on it and a great place to spend a couple days. I know we have been lucky but in perhaps 800 day trips and overnighters during our NorCal hikes we never had our car broken into at any trailhead. The PCT route is on the ridge above the valley and occasionally some hikers will come down to camp in the valley rather than at Shadow lake (pond) up on the ridge. There are so many lakes in NorCal and so little time but we tried. Sandra passed 4 years ago but we counted more than 60 destination lakes during that time from Devil's Punchbowl in Siskiyou down to Caribou in Trinity. Most were repeat trips with Upper Wright Lake (7400') being another favorite. Now that is a challenging lift to make using the Boulder Creek trailhead! Will

This beautiful drive is NOT along I-5 and it is NOT 157 miles. It follows California highway 96 along the Kalamoth River for about 90 miles. Starting at either end and driving to the other you will not come within an hour of I-5 but you will see some beautiful scenery. I have taken this drive in beautiful summer conditions and also during a winte ice storm.

Great trail, although half of the trail is still under snow till mid June. Beautiful views, lots of wildlife and moderate hike.

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