Tangle Blue Lake

Callahan, California

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If lakes were judged on name alone, Tangle Blue Lake would be my second favorite in the Alps (Billy-be-Damned takes first, but just barely). Local legend attributes the name to a bad hangover. Tangle Blue is a pretty lake with a beautiful meadow on one side, plush campsites, and plenty of exploring potential. The hike is ideal for families or anyone looking for a gentle route. The only drawback is cows, which also appreciate the lakeside meadow and fine views. Though infrequent, they do visit. Highlights: An easy hike to a lake that lives up to its pretty name.

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"If lakes were judged on name alone, Tangle Blue Lake would be my second favorite in the Alps (Billy-be-Damned takes first, but just barely). Local legend attributes the name to a bad hangover. Tangle Blue is a pretty lake with a beautiful meadow on one side, plush campsites, and plenty of exploring potential. The hike is ideal for families or anyone looking for a gentle route. The only drawback is cows, which also appreciate the lakeside meadow and fine views. Though infrequent, they do visit. Highlights: An easy hike to a lake that lives up to its pretty name."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Callahan
Distance: 7.6
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Best mid June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,600 feet
Top Elevation: 5,850 feet
Local Contacts: Trinity Alps Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Tangle Blue Lake; USDAFS Trinity Alps Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Tangle Blue Lake

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May 2018