Adams Lake

Weaverville, California

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Pleasant Adams Lake is only a half-hour horseback ride or an hour-plus hike from a trailhead along the Coffee Creek Road. A long time ago, off-road vehicles had access to the lake, which seems hard to believe nowadays. The 1-acre lake sits below a rugged-looking, 7500-foot granite peak and is bordered by a lush, flower-dotted meadow on the opposite side. A unique patch of cattails thrives near the outlet, wetland plants that we haven’t seen anywhere else in the Alps. So close to a trailhead, fishing is only fair for pan-sized eastern brook trout. The muddy banks and bottom make the idea of swimming in the lake a trifle unappealing.

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"Pleasant Adams Lake is only a half-hour horseback ride or an hour-plus hike from a trailhead along the Coffee Creek Road. A long time ago, off-road vehicles had access to the lake, which seems hard to believe nowadays. The 1-acre lake sits below a rugged-looking, 7500-foot granite peak and is bordered by a lush, flower-dotted meadow on the opposite side. A unique patch of cattails thrives near the outlet, wetland plants that we haven’t seen anywhere else in the Alps. So close to a trailhead, fishing is only fair for pan-sized eastern brook trout. The muddy banks and bottom make the idea of swimming in the lake a trifle unappealing."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Weaverville
Distance: 4.6
Elevation Gain: 1,160 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: June through October
Local Contacts: Klamath National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Caribou Lake

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Jun 2018