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."
--Dennis Lewon, Hiking California's Trinity Alps Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Mark White, A Hiking and Backpacking Guide: Trinity Alps & Vacinity (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Author varies by trail, Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State (Wilderness Press).
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