Barrett Lake-Lake Eiler Loop

Old Station, California 96071

Barrett Lake-Lake Eiler Loop

Barrett Lake-Lake Eiler Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This relatively easy semiloop visits the most popular water destination in Thousand Lakes Wilderness, Lake Eiler, along with small and shallow Barrett Lake, and a host of even smaller and shallower ponds. Reaching the loop portion necessitates a nearly 2-mile approach that gains almost all of the little elevation that the whole route demands. Other than the open crossing of a lava flow early into the approach, the entire trip passes through a light forest of Jeffrey, lodgepole, and western white pines, and red and white firs.

Visitors will find picturesque Lake Eiler, back-dropped by volcanic Freaner Peak, to offer the best campsites and scenery, but also the greatest chance of encountering company. Lake Eiler is deep enough and large enough to offer decent swimming and fishing. Barrett Lake, although not nearly as large or scenic, would be a better choice for quieter camping. For even more solitude opportunities, Box Lake in the interior of the loop may easily be reached cross-country from any point along the trail, along with several of the other smaller “thousand lakes.”"

Barrett Lake-Lake Eiler Loop Trip Reports

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There are no fish in Barrett lake. Eiler Lake the fishing was poor too. Found out from locals and other hikers the lake is not stocked. If you fly fish you can catch some small 5 inch fish along the south shore by down trees if you're lucky. As far as the 3 mile hike, its not bad fairly easy and I am out of shape with a 40 lbs pack. There are nice camp spots to be found on the south shore of the lake and the views are great. Not one bear problem or mosquito problem on the whole trip. If your looking to get away do nothing, read, and nap this is the lake for you.

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Trail Information

Old Station
Nearby City
750 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best: Mid-June to November
5,880 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,540 feet
Top Elevation
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Thousand Lakes Valley
Local Maps

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