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.