Central Caribou Loop Backpacking

Redding, California

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John Muir called the Sierra Nevada a gentle wilderness, but take almost any Sierra hike in this book, and you’ll find you may climb 2000–3000 feet in any given day. That’s not gentle. To experience a really gentle wilderness, take this trip. Along it, you have only one “major” escarpment to tackle, a whopping 250-foot elevation gain. Other than that, your route is almost level, with minimal ups and downs (except the descent of the escarpment.) So far as I know, there is no other place in California where you experience a lake-blessed mountain wilderness with such a minimal effort than here in the Caribou Wilderness.
Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

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Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State

by Author varies by trail (Wilderness Press)

John Muir called the Sierra Nevada a gentle wilderness, but take almost any Sierra hike in this book, and you’ll find you may climb 2000–3000 feet in any given day. That’s not gentle. To experience a really gentle wilderness, take this trip. Along it, you have only one “major” escarpment to tackle, a whopping 250-foot elevation gain. Other than that, your route is almost level, with minimal ups and downs (except the descent of the escarpment.) So far as I know, there is no other place in California where you experience a lake-blessed mountain wilderness with such a minimal effort than here in the Caribou Wilderness.

© 2008 Author varies by trail/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Redding
Distance: 12.3
Elevation Gain: 1,190 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 days
Season: Best mid-July through late September
Local Contacts: Lassen National Forest
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min Bogard Buttes, Red Cinder
Driving Directions: Directions to Central Caribou Loop (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

9/22/2011
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Excellent, This trail is great for beginners and experienced hikers alike. There is only one minor hill to climb the rest is smooth sailing. The crystal clear lakes offer some good fishing oppurtinities and the solid of the wilderness brings much needed peace and quite. I highly recommend this hike for anyone.


4/26/2004
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This is the best area to start kids (or any novice backpacker)on backpacking. I introduced my sons, my nephews and nieces to backpacking on the Caribou loop over 15 years ago and they are all still backpacking. A beutifull area with very easy hiking. Lakes and campsites are numerous so you can stop when the kids are ready and not have to push them. Great area



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May 2018