Trail Gulch Lake Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Siskiyou County, California. It is within Trinity Alps Wilderness. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 6,307 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 141 feet.
Trail Gulch Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"There are two excellent reasons to take this trip: Long Gulch Lake and Trail Gulch Lake at the head of their respective “gulches,” or very pleasant valleys filled with meadows and forests and threaded by delightful creeks. The lakes are virtual twins, cradled in spectacular cirques beneath crenellated peaks rising more than 1200 feet above the surface of the water. Bare rock and talus cover the south shores of both lakes, while stands of red firs and mountain hemlocks, interrupted by meadows and patches of willows, cover the rest of the shorelines. Despite their stunning beauty, both lakes were excluded from the original Salmon-Trinity Primitive Area, a glaring mistake corrected by their inclusion in the current Trinity Alps Wilderness."
--Mark White, A Hiking and Backpacking Guide: Trinity Alps & Vacinity (Wilderness Press).
"This short loop makes a nice day hike or a good overnight (especially if you have little kids in tow). The two lakes en route, Trail Gulch and Long Gulch, are deep and blue and tucked into nearly identical, deep-set granite cirques. They aren’t quite as spectacular as the Alps’ more famous lakes (like Caribou and Sapphire), but they’re a lot easier to reach, and they get a mere fraction of the visitors the more popular lakes get. Still, the trails on the north side of the Scott Mountains have been “discovered” in recent years, so visitors are more numerous than they used to be. Highlights: A hike with great swimming, fishing, and ridgetop views."
--Dennis Lewon, Hiking California's Trinity Alps Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
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