Taylor Lake Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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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.

5.0 miles
1492 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



trail running




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.

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

It's just a beautiful place to see..

Monday, August 04, 2014

Great hike to Hogan Lake