Carl Lake Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Carl Lake Trail is a 3.7 mile out and back trail located near Camp Sherman, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.7 miles
442 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



8 months ago

I work for the forest service as a wilderness ranger, this trail is not 3.8 miles round trip. it is 5 miles one direction.

8 months ago

Anyone who's been up here recently, how are the mosquitos?

9 months ago

Some friends and I did this hike with 6 dogs, all of which are regular hikers also... We only made it as far as Cabot Lake because the ground was so hot that the dogs were running into the bushes to cool their feet! It was before noon and only 70 degrees out so we were't sure why it was burning their feet. Maybe cause the ground is more of a powdering type, like walking on the beach when the sand is hot. You run! Would not recommend for dogs unless it is cool weather. Those in the group that had small dogs were carrying them back. The bigger dogs we just had to stop many times on the return to let them lay in the bushes to cool off. Other than that it was a great day! Haha!

10 months ago

Made it to Cabot Lake and the trail was overgrown a bit but clear of snow except for two small spots. Very green and no mosquitoes out yet.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Absolutely gorgeous!

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Super cool

Friday, August 14, 2015

This is a nice lake but it does not offer a lot of camp sites if you are backpacking. There are two day hikes that I found that you could do from the lake. The first will take you up to the PCT. The second starts on the NW corner of the lake. This is a awesome trail. At first it climbs a bit but then levels off and takes you north towards Mt. Jefferson. There is a lot of diversity; forests and wildflowers, open expansive, and great views of Jefferson from the south if you venture far enough.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Went on probably the hottest weekend so far this year, and hit the trail in the heat of the afternoon so the hike in was rough, but the trail itself is very moderate at the steepest. Once at Carl Lake it made the hot hike worth it. Very beautiful lake, and 360 degree views. The lake was very warm for an "alpine" lake, even did some swimming. It's busy during the days but at night very peaceful. I prefer more seclusion and that is why I'd only give it 4 stars but everything else was worth it, and it was a really good season opener for me.

Friday, June 19, 2015

The first few miles are nothing but loose dirt. No shade and lots of dust, so be prepared to either get a very early start or bring lots of water. Once you get into the forest, its quite a relief. Lots of switchbacks toward the middle. The lake was absolutely stunning! Clear and refreshing. But we couldnt stay long because it was swarming with mosquitos. We stayed til after sundown then headed back. Then moon was full and bright and there were toads all over the trail. Pretty easy hike overall. Nice to make a day of it

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Cabot Lake trail to Carl Lake is the East door to the Jefferson Wilderness and is a beautiful scenic hike. While it can be done in a day, 12 miles round trip, it is better enjoyed by taking a couple days to take it all in. there are Brown trout, brookies and Rainbow trout in the lake, but you have to have some skill to catch them. The deer feed by the lake every night and bear are common in the area. This is a real favorite!

Monday, May 31, 2010

First part of trail, thick huckleberry bushes, easy to lose the trail. But the rest of it is gorgeous and worth the trip.

8 months ago

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Monday, August 03, 2015