Salmon Summit Trail to Red Cap Lake

Orleans, California

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The Salmon Summit National Scenic Trail provides the wilderness traveler with solitude, relatively gentle hiking through cool forest, and occasional ridgetop views of the wild and remote western Trinity Alps. Red Cap Lake is a long way from any population center, but this route to the Salmon Summit trailhead avoids the tedious, serpentine drive to Forks of Salmon and the High Point trailhead described in the previous trip, which provides the other access to the lake. For the relative few who reside west of the Alps, this hike may be one of the closer trips for them.

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"The Salmon Summit National Scenic Trail provides the wilderness traveler with solitude, relatively gentle hiking through cool forest, and occasional ridgetop views of the wild and remote western Trinity Alps. Red Cap Lake is a long way from any population center, but this route to the Salmon Summit trailhead avoids the tedious, serpentine drive to Forks of Salmon and the High Point trailhead described in the previous trip, which provides the other access to the lake. For the relative few who reside west of the Alps, this hike may be one of the closer trips for them."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Orleans
Distance: 8.2
Elevation Gain: 3,920 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: July through October
Local Contacts: Six Rivers National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Salmon Mountain

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Jun 2018