Caribou Basin and Sawtooth Ridge

Forks of Salmon, California

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Talk to any old-timer about the Trinity Alps, and you’re sure to hear about a pack trip to Caribou Basin in the “good ol’ days,” a story likely to include prodigious numbers of trout as long as your arm, at least one marauding bear, a pack mule that nearly fell off the almost vertical trail over Caribou Mountain, and a late season snowfall with 100-mile-per-hour winds. Unfortunately, Caribou Basin is not the same pristine wilderness the old-timer remembers, but the scenery is still utterly fantastic. The deep blue lakes continue to picturesquely reflect untouched cliffs and peaks; the trout are still there but smaller these days; and the views from Sawtooth Ridge are still superlative.

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"Talk to any old-timer about the Trinity Alps, and you’re sure to hear about a pack trip to Caribou Basin in the “good ol’ days,” a story likely to include prodigious numbers of trout as long as your arm, at least one marauding bear, a pack mule that nearly fell off the almost vertical trail over Caribou Mountain, and a late season snowfall with 100-mile-per-hour winds. Unfortunately, Caribou Basin is not the same pristine wilderness the old-timer remembers, but the scenery is still utterly fantastic. The deep blue lakes continue to picturesquely reflect untouched cliffs and peaks; the trout are still there but smaller these days; and the views from Sawtooth Ridge are still superlative."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Forks of Salmon
Distance: 13.6
Elevation Gain: 5,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: July through September
Local Contacts: Klamath National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Caribou Lake

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Jun 2018