Foster Lake Loop

Weaverville, California

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This loop combines spectacular scenery (Foster Lake) with spectacular solitude (Poison Canyon). It’s an up and down journey, with three deep canyons en route, but there’s ample compensation for your effort. If you only want to go to Foster Lake, just retrace your steps instead of completing the loop, or consider one of the other routes mentioned below. Highlights: A charming lake worth the steep ascent.

Foster Lake Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This loop combines spectacular scenery (Foster Lake) with spectacular solitude (Poison Canyon). It’s an up and down journey, with three deep canyons en route, but there’s ample compensation for your effort. If you only want to go to Foster Lake, just retrace your steps instead of completing the loop, or consider one of the other routes mentioned below. Highlights: A charming lake worth the steep ascent."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Weaverville
Distance: 22
Elevation Gain: 5,600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best mid June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,850 feet
Top Elevation: 7,500 feet
Local Contacts: Trinity Alps Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Ycatapom Peak; USDAFS Trinity Alps Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Foster Lake Loop

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May 2018