Carl Lake Trail #4003 Professional Reviews and Guides
"A deep, sparkling jewel set beneath a particularly rugged and scenic stretch of the Cascade Mountains, Carl Lake is a fun destination for an overnight trip in the central Mount Jefferson Wilderness. Adventurous hikers can make this into a semiloop trip by seeking out an unoffi cial path up to the Pacifi c Crest Trail (PCT), with the option to do a bit of off-trail exploring. Although never very steep or diffi cult, the trail into Carl Lake travels through a large burn area that can be hot on summer afternoons."
--Doug Lorain, One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press).
"A day hike or overnight backpack to a scenic mountain lake in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness. Permit required for day and overnight hikes; self issue at trailhead. The Cabot Lake Trail starts out by contouring west along the south slope high above Cabot Creek, through a lodgepole pine forest with a few Douglas-fir. Watch for an impressively large Douglas-fir on the left not too far from the trailhead. The trail begins to climb gradually and offers occasional glimpses of the summit pyramid of Mount Jefferson. A short spur trail leads to Cabot Lake on the right, then the main trail starts to climb in several well-graded switchbacks. After only about 300 feet of elevation gain, the trail turns west again and climbs very gradually."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Oregon's Central Cascades (Falcon Guides).
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