Explore the most popular hiking trails near Fort Jones with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Definitely worth the hike. I felt that I had not found solitude from other hikers before this hike, but going up to Cliff Lake after Labor Day weekend provided it in spades. It is a beautifully secluded spot with tons of rock to scramble around on, so if you have time, take 3 days to explore the whole area. Given the orientation of the valley it gets a bit cold pretty early in the fall, so be prepared for a good chill. Also, campfires are allowed with a permit! Woo!
Road in takes a bit of slow going, but the trail is really well-maintained, albeit covered in cow pies. Give it a go.

backpacking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

A friend and I took my 14 year old daughter on her first multi-day backpacking trip to Cliff Lake via the Shackleford Trail in mid-July and we loved it. The All Trails map is about .5 miles short from the Shackleford trailhead so the hike in is more like 6 miles if you go to the far south campsite at Cliff Lake. Also the first mile that's not on the All Trails map is uphill and has about 350 feet of elevation gain. No problem but something that we hadn't expected. The meadows hadn't been destroyed by the cattle yet and there were several small streams to cross on our way to Campbell and Cliff Lakes. Campbell had several groups camping there but we had Cliff all to ourselves for the three days we were there. Fishing at Campbell was really good. Also took a side hike from Cliff Lake up to Angel Lake and found the view to be well worth a little off trail bush-whacking. Few mosquitoes and great views. Definitely a hike we'd highly recommend.

backpacking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

For the first 20 hours of the trip we did not see any other human beings. The stillness of this tiny glacially-carved lake was eclipsed only by the beauty of the full moon rising out of the mist streaming from the mountaintops above. Highly recommended!

hiking
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hiking
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backpacking
Sunday, June 11, 2017