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Lover's Camp to Sky High and Shadow Lakes

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Marble Mountain Wilderness

Lover's Camp to Sky High and Shadow Lakes is a 17.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Somes Bar, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Length 17.4 mi Elevation gain 4,035 ft Route type Loop

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Waypoints (8)

Please note: main road to trailhead may close seasonally. Please research prior to your visit.

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Reviews (15)
Photos (70)
Recordings (7)
Completed (32)
Hansen Qian
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HikingMuddyOff trailSnow

Backpacked this over Memorial Day 2020, counterclockwise. Beautiful scenery with lots of snow, flowers, and trees. Some of the river crossings are wide and rapid, so bring hiking poles and be prepared to take your boots off. Two regions along this trail are completely snowed over for half a mile--the point from Sky High Lakes to the PCT and the Red Rock Creek Trail from the PCT to the valley. Be prepared to walk through knee deep snow (or slide down) for these steep portions. If you're planning on walking north along the PCT towards Box Mountain, the ridge underneath Black Marble Mountain is completely snowed over with dangerous crossings through cliffs and avalanche terrain. I'd recommend NOT hiking towards Box Mountain past noon due to avalanche risk. If the PCT is snowed over, find a longer, alternative detour on top of the ridge rather than a short detour right next to the trail. Otherwise, the trail is beautiful and one of the best hikes I've done. Would highly recommend it!

Jennifer McDaniel
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Backpacking

Beautiful!

Nikhil Singhal
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Backpacking

We did this trail clockwise so we had to turn around to check out the views for the first half. This trail is better done counter-clockwise. The soil on the trail is very dry and powdery making it very easy to form dust clouds as you walk.

Bow DeBey
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Backpacking

We stayed one night at Frying Pan lake and it was wonderful. We had the lake to ourselves in late July while the other lakes had several groups at them. The water was very warm with hundreds of pollywogs and salamanders and the bottom was eight inches of muck. The bigger lake was the only lake that wasn't warm. We stopped for a swim in lower sky high on our way out. The trail was steep but easy to follow and mostly marked at intersections. There were several small streams and one required taking off our boots and crossing in Tevas. There were cows with cow bells and more wild flowers than I could count. I must have seen 20 different kinds of flowers, it was amazingly beautiful! Really beautiful views and plants and there were almost zero mesquites there!

John Harper
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Hiking

Just finished this hike with my girls, one under 10. It challenging as a one-nighter (staying the night before at Lovers Camp) but doable if you are experienced--or even to add some seasoning to a couple first-timers! We skipped the odd extra spur to the PCT on this map and stayed at Frying Pan - picture perfect. Note that this map omits the last return bit, which is a challenging (after 5-7 hours) distance of a mile or so. And to the other review, there is a map of the current detour to Lovers Camp here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd641871.pdf Trail is clear and beautiful, but you should have a real map, be comfortable with a few unmarked side paths, and be prepared to refill water at least 2-3 times on the way up, unless you enjoy carrying an extra gallon. Tons of butterflies and wildflowers, and a cup of coffee on the PCT. First time in 15 years and totally delightful.

T Hutchinson
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Hiking

Just completed this June 20. Spectacular walk, meadows are lush lots of water and great views. Saw one black bear 1/2 mile below Sky High Lake. Sky High lake has lots of hungry small Brook trout. Main road to the trailhead is closed get directions from Ranger station in Ft. Jones.

Alex Harbaugh
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BackpackingSnow

I had a great 3 day 2 night trip. There was still some melting snow in the two valleys, so GPS was very helpful to stay on trail. Creeks are high as well. Bring Tevas to cross some of them. Trust me, I fell in the second creek crossing 2 miles into my trip. Lots of bears as well! I saw tracks of 5 different bears. And they love to follow along the trail for some reason! I was following bear tracks on the trail for miles, I thought I was going to walk right up on him. On my third day I did bump into a bear in red Creek valley hiking out. I had my bear spray but I just needed to shout and let him know I was there for him to run off. Bring a bear canister.

Daniel Brophy
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Awesome

LeAnn McClaflin
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Amazing. Just amazing. So many different lakes and trails. You could stay out there for weeks.

Erika Balbier
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Misael Misael Ramos
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Erika Balbier
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Carl Johnson
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Jen Cho
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Pascual Ruiz
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