Deacon Lee Trail is a 10.6 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Forks of Salmon, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.6 km Elevation Gain: 442 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked to Russian Lake. Loved the views on this hike. Started off in the afternoon right on the ridge line with great 360 views. Went through some old forest fire burns which was a little spooky but still cool to do. The trail was a little overgrown in some places (got stung by a bee walking through it) but easy enough to navigate. Saw some bear scat but no large wild life on the trail or at camp. Accidentally went to Waterdog lake trying to get to Russian lake. Take the right at the fork and approach it from above. No real trail to get there, just a field of boulders you have to cross. Lake was a beautiful blue and very refreshing for swimming. Did a day hike up the peak (go around the backside-no real trail again once you start going up but worth it) and made a side visit to another lake. This one is a gem-would do again.

hiking
Sat Nov 24 2018

This is a pretty easy hike that contours around a few drainages, but without major elevation gain or loss. It passes through a mix of old trees as well as burned forest areas. Russian Lake is really gorgeous, although the short uphill trail to it from Waterdog Lake takes a little looking to find.

Sun Aug 05 2018

Nice drive up to trailhead (got lots of elevation gain). Hike was really easy- not sure why it was rated as Hard. Beautiful lakes. We went here last minute to escape the Carr fire smoke. Great to be up above the smoke that drifted into the valleys. No fish at Russian Lake

hiking
Tue Jun 12 2018

I did this hike yesterday. Was on the trail for just over 6 hours, not a soul in sight on the trail nor on the forest road leading to the trail head. Must have covered close to 15 miles. There were some lovely wild flowers on the trail (orange, red, yellow, and purple in color; I don’t know names) and spotted some fresh bear poop on the trail as well, but thankfully had no bear encounters. Made it to Waterdog Lake but could not find Russian Lake; signage is not the greatest on this trail. I did get an aerial view of a lake but don’t believe to be Russian Lake. I’ll post a pic of that in the photos.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
Sun Jul 30 2017