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).
Interesting trail through burned out terrain to two
mountain lakes. Most of the trail has varied large
trees and Carl Lake itself is a grand finale.
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