Adams Lakes

Callahan, California 96014

Adams Lakes

Adams Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"The short route to little Adams Lake makes for a pleasant and easy day trip. It’s also a nice overnight destination for families with young children. My parents started taking my sister and me here about the time we learned to walk. Highlights: An easy hike to a glorified frog pond well worth visiting as an easy day trip in early or late season, or as a backpack for families with young kids or beginners."

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"Pleasant Adams Lake is only a half-hour horseback ride or an hour-plus hike from a trailhead along the Coffee Creek Road. A long time ago, off-road vehicles had access to the lake, which seems hard to believe nowadays. The 1-acre lake sits below a rugged-looking, 7500-foot granite peak and is bordered by a lush, flower-dotted meadow on the opposite side. A unique patch of cattails thrives near the outlet, wetland plants that we haven’t seen anywhere else in the Alps. So close to a trailhead, fishing is only fair for pan-sized eastern brook trout. The muddy banks and bottom make the idea of swimming in the lake a trifle unappealing."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Best mid June through October
4,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,150 feet
Top Elevation
Trinity Alps Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Caribou Lake; USDAFS Trinity Alps Wilderness
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018