High Point to Rock and Red Cap Lakes

Forks of Salmon, California

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About 1300 feet of this trip’s elevation change occur in the 0.6 mile from the top of the ridge above Red Cap Lake to the shore and back. Of course, you could skip Red Cap Lake and climb Salmon Summit instead, or head out along the ridge to Eightmile Camp, one of the most remote places you’ll ever find. However, if you skip Red Cap Lake, you’ll miss out on the chance to fish for some large eastern brook trout. The abundant meadows and open hillsides along this isolated section of the Salmon River Divide and the ridge south of Salmon Mountain are normally covered with a solid carpet of wildflowers, including many unusual and interesting species, around the end of June. Virgin, climax forest, predominantly composed of red firs, covers the remainder of the crest.

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"About 1300 feet of this trip’s elevation change occur in the 0.6 mile from the top of the ridge above Red Cap Lake to the shore and back. Of course, you could skip Red Cap Lake and climb Salmon Summit instead, or head out along the ridge to Eightmile Camp, one of the most remote places you’ll ever find. However, if you skip Red Cap Lake, you’ll miss out on the chance to fish for some large eastern brook trout. The abundant meadows and open hillsides along this isolated section of the Salmon River Divide and the ridge south of Salmon Mountain are normally covered with a solid carpet of wildflowers, including many unusual and interesting species, around the end of June. Virgin, climax forest, predominantly composed of red firs, covers the remainder of the crest."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Forks of Salmon
Distance: 7.6
Elevation Gain: 5,560 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Mid-June to mid-October
Local Contacts: Klamath National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Salmon Mountain and Youngs Peak

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Jun 2018