Tangle Blue Lake Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Tangle Blue Lake Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Trinity Center, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is best used from May until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.1 miles 1305 feet Out & Back

dog friendly



trail running








Directions from Weaverville: The Weaverville Ranger District office is located along Main Street in Weaverville, California. Maps and information available.

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8 months ago

Taking into consideration the holiday weekend (we spent Memorial Day holiday here) it was a pleasant trip. Overcrowded, but the beautiful scenery absolutely made up for it. The moderate trail rating is well deserved, especially with a full pack. Bring plenty of water for the hike in and a purifier for camping. We also hiked to Thompson Peak and were rewarded with world-class views of Tangle Blue, Trinity Lake, Mt. Shasta, and the surrounding Alps and mountain meadows. Fishing was rewarding also - we enjoyed a fresh Brook trout dinner our last night there. A must for all Trinity hikers and backpackers.

1 year ago

I was last here around 2005. Took a few friends who had never backpacked before and they enjoyed it. It's not a super easy hike but not hard by any means. The lake is beautiful as are most in the Trinity alps but be careful what time of the year you go as all the water in this area means lots of bugs. Great fishing though.

2 years ago

I took my two kids 9 & 14 on this hike. Kind of a grueling hike, much of it unmarked and the map of the trinity alps is wrong by 6 forks. We took a wrong turn and ended up in grand national mine at the top of a mountain. Our friends put cairns up for people to find the path easier. The last 1/8th of a mile is the worst part. We spent 2 nights and 3 days there. Crosses a stream twice and the meadow is right before the last 1/8th mile steep incline. I would do it again because there was a delicious, sweet spring to the left of the lake where the water was plentiful. August 1-3, 2014.

3 years ago

Enjoyable day hike to lovely Tangle Blue Lake. Without good signage, accessing the trailhead was not trivial. Follow Highway 3 North of Coffee Creek for ~13 miles. About 0.8 miles after Highway 3 begins to ascent Scotts Mountain, take Forest Road 39N20 (not signed) to the left. The turn off is in the middle of a sharp right turn of Highway 3. Get good directions as there are a couple of unmarked turn offs from Forest Road 39N20 before you reach the well marked trailhead. Although this has been a particularly dry season, we still had to fjord 2 streams (no bridges) and found the meadow portions of the trail muddy. The dogs loved it! Most of the trail is wide and easy to follow. Tangle Blue Lake itself was an enjoyable destination. We shared the tranquil shoreline with a pair of other hikers and a group of horseman. The snow capped mountains made a picture perfect backdrop for the lake.