Waters Gulch Loop Trail

EASY 27 reviews

Waters Gulch Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lakehead, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
580 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
20 days ago

Easy hike.

hiking
2 months ago

The 1st half of this trail is awesomely beautiful and goes to a stream that runs into the lake in a nice little cove. The next section that goes away from the water and off into the woods is great. The last 1/2 mile+ is pathetic and is on a road uphill back to the TH. The trail is in excellent shape with a few small trees down and a rock that are all easily passed.

The best option for this trail would be an out and back to where the trail turns up and away from the lake shore. If I had done it as mentioned I would have rated it a 5 instead of a weak 4... I'm surprised this trail was approved because of the road portion of the hike.

At the TH make sure to take the fork to the the right with the signage.

hiking
4 months ago

Enjoyable hike with a large rock blocking the trail. This simple 3 foot clamber limiting passage to able bodied hikers.
The trail is a loop but know that the trail pops out 1/2 mile down the paved road. NOTE: Don’t be fooled with the lesser path heading uphill from the trailhead, this leads to the top of the hill with no connection to the loop trail. You will be backtracking to the trailhead to start again.

Next time we go we are going to start by walking downhill on the road and get the tarmac portion of this hike out of the way while we are fresh. Be warned if you leave it till the end of your hike it is a bit of an unwelcome uphill grind with the sun reflecting off the tarmac. Don’t worry the trail is clearly posted, located at the point where the road widens for the boat launch parking.

5 months ago

Great trail with gorgeous views, but hiker beware there is a sign posted regarding mountain lion sitings in the area.

8 months ago

Gorgeous area, wide variety of things to see. A great workout with inclines and declines

hiking
9 months ago

Excellent trail. The views to the lake are outstanding and it's easy, but not too easy. There are a couple of places where trees fell in the trail, but it doesn't interfere with the walk.

hiking
Monday, May 01, 2017

Great views and a decent walk. There were a number of fallen trees in the way of the trial and the actual trail will not loop back from where you started but a mile down the road (it is actually more like 4.6 miles in total) so I would not recommend this for smaller children since you are walking on edge of a road with cars for the end of the hike.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Very nice loop with great views around the lake . Nice little hike . Easy to find .

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Love it

hiking
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Beautiful trail with views of creeks and Shasta Lake. A few downed trees made it difficult with the baby in the pack, but it was doable. We somehow went the wrong way and ended up on a road that had the trailhead sign, but we hike up the road a bit and found our car. I'd definitely do it again!

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

This was a great trail but there were a few areas where trees have fallen which made it difficult to get around when carrying a baby in an outdoor pack. I would recommend not doing trial along if you have small kids.

hiking
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I like this trail. The views are wonderful. There's a lot to explore and it's easy to hike even with our baby in the carrier. There were a few trees that had fallen unto the trail and with baby it was a little hard to get around. I'm hoping they get cleaned up soon. The last part of the trail is going along the road so be careful when you have kids or pets with you.

Monday, December 05, 2016

excellent run trail

hiking
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Good hiking trail, dogs are allowed, beautiful view of Shasta Lake along the trail.

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2016

Nice views easy to follow. Bring water in Sumer it's kinda hot and dry.

hiking
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Beautiful scenery! Took us about 2 and a half hours. Lots of views of the lake. Take plenty of water. On a summer day, some of the sunny spots can be pretty hot.

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

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