Tangle Blue Lake Trail 8w01

Trinity Alps Wilderness, California

Elevation Gain409ft
Trailhead Elevation5,410ft
Elevation Min/Max5410/5763ft
Elevation Start/End5410/5410ft

Tangle Blue Lake Trail 8w01

Tangle Blue Lake Trail 8w01 is a hiking trail in Trinity County, California. It is within Trinity Alps Wilderness. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 5,410 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 409 feet. This trail connects with the following: Grand National Trail 8w23.

Tangle Blue Lake Trail 8w01 Professional Reviews and Guides

"If lakes were judged on name alone, Tangle Blue Lake would be my second favorite in the Alps (Billy-be-Damned takes first, but just barely). Local legend attributes the name to a bad hangover. Tangle Blue is a pretty lake with a beautiful meadow on one side, plush campsites, and plenty of exploring potential. The hike is ideal for families or anyone looking for a gentle route. The only drawback is cows, which also appreciate the lakeside meadow and fine views. Though infrequent, they do visit. Highlights: An easy hike to a lake that lives up to its pretty name."

"What self-respecting hiker can resist a moderate 3.3-mile stroll to a lake with such a charming name? Legend suggests that Tangle Blue Lake and Creek were named by an early resident of the area who started his trip into the wilderness after awaking from a long night of partying to find his feet tangled and the air blue. No matter what it’s named, this lake is a worthy destination for both dayhikers and backpackers. The final approach travels through a large, lush meadow, where nearly ideal campsites nestle under large firs."

"A dose of mystique surrounds the naming of Tangle Blue Lake: an early resident journeying to the delightful area after a long evening of hearty celebration awoke to find his feet tangled and the air blue. Whether or not the legend rings true, the sheer beauty of Tangle Blue Lake deserves such a whimsical appellation. Nearly enclosed by a backdrop of rock walls and craggy pinnacles, serene waters of the lake mirror dramatic surroundings. Above the south shoreline, the pristine inlet creek dances over rock slabs and rambles through wildflowers of a damp meadow before entering the lake. Smaller flower-laden meadows are scattered elsewhere above the lakeshore. If Tangle Blue Lake had the misfortune to be located near a major population center, it would doubtless be overrun by a plethora of worshipping admirers, but due to such a remote location it sees relatively few visitors. Backpackers seeking overnight accommodations are treated to a nearly ideal campsite above the north shore. More secluded campsites can be found around the south and west shores."

Tangle Blue Lake Trail 8w01 Reviews

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This easy hike led to an amazing lake. The only thing I can't rave about on this hike is the first section that uses a forest service road, always drags the serenity down a bit. Other than that this place is amazing. I did this hike in mid October and it was cold at night about 30 degrees but amazing during the day. Tangle Blue is teaming with fish that are as delicious as they are easy to catch. When I was there we had the whole lake to ourselves for 3 days. Also there was an existing fire pit. This is the perfect over niter or two day trip. Great place for first timers as well.

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Trail Information

Trinity Alps Wilderness
Nearby City
Trinity Alps Wilderness
Trinity Alps Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Tangle Blue Lake; USDAFS Trinity Alps Wilderness
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Sep 2018