Long Gulch Lake Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Forks of Salmon, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Fort Jones: Follow Highway 3 south for 25 miles to the Callahan-Cecilville Road (County Hwy. 1C0293) turnoff. Continue on this paved, two-lane road for another 11 miles to Hidden Horse Campground which is situated on a forest service road just off of County Hwy. 1C02. The trailhead lies beyond this campground, one mile past the Trail Gulch Lake Trailhead.
Beautiful hike along a stream and meadows to the lake. Horse camping is nearby meaning lots of droppings and bugs. Easy trail though not too steep, definitely child friendly. But like I said for this region it is heavily camped and if your all the way out here I would suggest going a little further to Forks or up to Mule Bridge. There is a trail going into the bushes to get to the meadow on the far side of the lake.. DO NOT take it. There is another trail going around these bushes, if you look for it you'll find it.
Nice swimming lake at the end of a hot hike. Lots of cows and horses - meant lots of flies!
Beautiful wildflowers were still in abundance.