Central Caribou Loop Backpacking

Redding, California 96002

Central Caribou Loop Backpacking

Central Caribou Loop (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Central Caribou Loop (Backpacking) Reviews

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6/29/2018
Beautiful hike. Remote and peaceful. Stayed at Silver Bowl campground and did 12 miles up and around. Had the campground completely to ourselves.
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9/22/2011
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.
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4/26/2004
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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Trail Information

Redding
Nearby City
12.3
Distance
1,190 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 days
Duration
Best mid-July through late September
Season
Lassen National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-min Bogard Buttes, Red Cinder
Local Maps