Blue Lake National Recreation Trail

Likely, California

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The animal tracks on this trail often outnumber the footprints left by hikers. Be sure to watch for wildlife even as you enjoy this relaxing commune with nature. And don’t worry about the sun: About 80 percent of the trail, which circles Blue Lake, is shaded by large ponderosa pines. Terrain: Dirt path through mature ponderosa pine forests and riparian meadows.
Hike America: Northern California

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Hike America: Northern California

by Dan Brett (The Globe Pequot Press)

The animal tracks on this trail often outnumber the footprints left by hikers. Be sure to watch for wildlife even as you enjoy this relaxing commune with nature. And don’t worry about the sun: About 80 percent of the trail, which circles Blue Lake, is shaded by large ponderosa pines. Terrain: Dirt path through mature ponderosa pine forests and riparian meadows.

©  Dan Brett/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Likely
Length: 2.7
Elevation Gain: 153 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Year round; snow may limit access in winter
Trailhead Elevation: 6,070 feet
Top Elevation: 6,100 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Warner Mountain Ranger District; Modoc National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Jess Valley
Topo Map: Blue Lake National Recreation Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hike America: Northern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/22/2010

We frequently visit the Likely RV/golf resort on our treks north. Approximately 16 miles east of Likely is Blue Lake. We discovered a nice campground on Blue Lake that will accommodate our 35 foot RV, so from now on we will stay at the Blue Lake campground and travel to Likely for golf. This hike was an incredible pleasant stroll and we were blessed with tons of wildflowers in august. If you cannot complete the entire loop around the lake, then I would recommend hiking clockwise from the trailhead as this is the lusher, more photographic part of the trail. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire trail.

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