Taylor Lake Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Etna, 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 December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,492 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

trail running

lake

views

wildlife

Directions from Etna: Travel west on County Hwy. 1C01 for approximately nine miles to the junction with Forest Service Rd 41N18. Head south on this road for about two miles to the Taylor Creek Trailhead.

hiking
5 months ago

Did this hike today, the short hike to Taylor Lake followed by hiking down to Hogan Lake. I was wanting to get to Big Blue Lake as well, but I couldn't quite figure out the trial to get to the area where I needed to start climbing up.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike, though we only made it about half-way before the trail disappeared under several feet of snow. A tip, though - if you want to do the hike shown in the map, be sure to drive to the end of the road; after parking in the parking area, walk up the dirt road to the gate marking the trailhead shown on the map. If your navigation system tells you to stop sooner (and there is no obvious parking area), keep driving to the end of the road. If you just want to go to the lake, it's an easy half-mile (or less) stroll from the parking area. This hike could easily be made into a 3-mile loop, hiking up the road to the PCT, around to see the gorgeous views, back down to the lake, then an easy stroll back to the car. That is probably the way I'll do it next time (later in the summer, after the snow has melted).

Saturday, October 14, 2017

I’ve been going to Taylor lake since 1957. It is a short, gentle hike from the trailhead that is accessible by wheelchair ( for fit people). There are three or four excellent camp sites. Don’t make the mistake of camping on the meadow at the far end of the lake. The bugs will eat you alive.

Fishing used to be terrific. You could catch fish from shore, float boat, or fly fishing at the far end of the lake. That ended when Fish and Game killed the fish and stopped stocking the lake to protect a threatened species of salamanders. This is one of the most accessible lakes is Siskiyou county. It’s a shame that short sighted environmentalists ruined the experience for so many people. They have presented no evidence that their actions improved the status of the salamanders. The salamanders flourished even when Fish and Game stocked the lake. This situation is unacceptable.

walking
Saturday, September 23, 2017

It's just a beautiful place to see..

hiking
Monday, August 04, 2014

Great hike to Hogan Lake

hiking
6 months ago