Triangle, Turnaround, and Black Lakes Trail

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Lassen National Forest

Triangle, Turnaround, and Black Lakes Trail is a 10.3 mile out and back trail located near Old Station, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.3 miles Elevation Gain: 688 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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lake

hiking
8 months ago

Nice fairly easy hike. There were some downed trees to climb over but not to tough.

hiking
10 months ago

Lots of fun with the scouts. Tried to fish but did not see anything larger than 2”. Trail is EZ. Mostly level ground. Nice sites with fire pits. Be sure to get a campfire permit online or at the ranger station. Great beginner hiking or backpacking. Remote and beautiful.

backpacking
Wed Jan 23 2019

Amazing! This is where I took my first “backpacking” trip. The trail was flat all the way, not much of a challenge. There are many spots around Triangle Lake to set camp at. The views in the early mornings were breathtaking — watching the water evaporate into a thick mist/fog hanging above the lake + mixed with sunrise was spectacular. There were lots of does & bucks when we were there. We also were able to sun bathe on the big, flat boulders by the lake and watched little fishes jump out of the water. And at the same time also watched little ducks hatch. Seriously such a memorable experience. Definitely would go again. A great trail for intro to backpacking. :)

camping
Tue Oct 23 2018

Absolutely amazing! Trail was beautiful all throughout an didn’t see one person the whole time. Just went this month (oct) an it was our second time, will not be the last. Got pretty cold at night about 35 degrees but as long as you have the right gear all should be good! Our favorite place to camp is turnaround lake, an we are yet to find triangle. One day!! I highly recommend visiting caribou wilderness

backpacking
Thu Aug 09 2018

Fairly crowded for the 4th of July weekend but still enjoyable. We have visited this lake many times as a family and after our relocation to Idaho will miss it very, very much.

hiking
Wed Jul 12 2017

Beautiful area. I appeared to be the only hiker out in the wilderness. Lots of dead and down across the trail. hopped over most, but had to crawl or navigate around others.

camping
Sat Aug 29 2015

My son and some family friends took the trail from Caribou lake to Turnaround lake. For what will become an annual Father's Day trip. It was an amazing hike, quite a few fallen trees to climb over and in some cases under, which added to our time. There is one really good uphill push as well. The weather was perfect the lake was ice cold but was refreshing after the hike in. The highlight of the trip was watching Bald Eagles fish the lake. The one and only major drawback were the MOSQUITOS, they were relentless. They are the only reason for the 4 out of 5 rating. I mean Bald Eagles diving for fish, come on you just don't see that everyday.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago