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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, and camping and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.4 mi Elevation gain 882 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Hiking

Running

Lake

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Getting There

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

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.

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Lars Ewing
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Hiking

Beautiful hike and lake! My four boys and I actually did the loop (Trail Gulch trailhead to Long Gulch trailhead). The only reason I didn’t give it four stars is the herd of cows, about 30 of them one with a bell all night long, that were in the area the two days and two nights we stayed there. That included all of them strolling through our campsite at 9pm but we did get to laugh at all the eyes staring at us in the darkness so it created good memories! Their pie were everywhere including by the creek where we get water....thank goodness for the water filter but it all took away from the “wilderness area” draw that is the Trinity Alps. Ranchers have the right to be there so it is what it is just our bad luck on their free range timing with our backpack timing.

Diane Griffith
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Lots and lots of flies and mosquitoes camped by the outlet stream 7-2018.

Chris Metros
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Hiking

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.

Lori Q.
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Hiking
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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.

Larry Schofield
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Krislyn Ann
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Meg Reedy
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