Upper Ruffey Lake

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Upper Ruffey Lake is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Etna, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1702 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

2 months ago

The best way to get to the lake is to drive north from the Taylor Lake trail head— not via the PCT. Thirty years ago the road went to within 800 yards of the lake. It’s blocked now because it’s too dangerous. Today, it’s a steep one mile hike to the lake.

My best trout fishing day in my life was at upper Ruffey lake. We camped overnight and fished the next morning. We caught fish using anything we tried: flies, lures, salmon eggs, worms, and Super Bait. This was my children’s first exposure to fishing. It ruined fishing for them because they thought their first experience was common. The next time we fished Ruffey lake, we didn’t catch anything.

The Lower Ruffey Lakes are a short, easy hike. These lakes are a good day hike, particularly if you approach from the Taylor Lake trailhead. I recommend this hike but don’t plan on a magic fishing day.

hiking
5 months ago

Long hike but pretty good.

hiking
Friday, May 27, 2016