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“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.

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4 months ago

Hiked early December, ran into a lot of snow in different places. It was a beautiful hike with many views of Shasta! As you depart from the PCT, the trail isn’t marked and we trekked through about 6 inches of snow. I assume it would be easier to see without ground covering. The hike back down was also not noticeable as there was snow. Looks like it was to go down around the ski slope, but wasn’t completely sure. Ended up turning around and going back the way we came. Fairly easy hike for an experienced hiker. Traveled with one, inexperienced hiker who had quite a bit of difficulty.

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.

Beautiful fall hike!

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.

there is not a signed trail at least you wanna walk on the road with the cars. but is easy enough to create your own. very nice wildflowers now!!

Awesome trail with fantastic wildflowers and an amazing 360 degree view at the top!

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

hiking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

A great hike with great views. Don't miss the "rabbit ears" just below the summit.

backpacking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Only made it half way, due to a drop off jumping out in front of me, but is a great run.

hiking
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Beautiful views!

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.

hiking
Monday, October 26, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Not entirely sure this is the same trail I did, but looks like it. I think I just started it from a lower trailhead. But it was almost 7 miles and on the place I started from was before the trailhead on this map. While hiking it I walked by two other starting points. It is part of the Pacific Crest Trail and it is a beautiful trail. It is late July and it still had some wildflowers and it was like 12 degrees cooler than down in Ashland. It was a moderate hike for me, I'm not used to hiking more than 3 miles so I can't compare, not an expert. But it is beautiful and not very strenuous. I think for more experienced hikers it is an easy hike. My phone has no reception so I can't add actual miles and elevation gain or any of that. But I saw all kinds of people, from ultra marathon runners to photographers strolling around, so judge for yourselves. It is definitely an amazing trail and a beautiful hike, some shaded areas and a few open meadows too. I went from 11am to like 3pm and only got hot in the meadows, but nice cool breaks when in the trees. Absolutely perfect.

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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on Goosenest Trail

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