Caribou Lake


15.4 miles round-trip
3100 feet elevation gain
Open late July through October
Use: hikers, horses 

Left: Caribou Mountain from Snowslide Lake.

In the spectacular heart of the Trinity Alps Wilderness, this huge blue lake sparkles in a vast granite bowl. Two difficult trails reach the Caribou Lake basin—an old steep path and a new, longer trail with a gentler grade. Both are better suited for a backpack than a day trip. Note that group size is limited to ten, and that overnight stays require a permit, available free at ranger stations in Fort Jones, Weaverville, or at the entrance to the Coffee Creek Road.

To drive here from Oregon, ...

Other Hiking Options
Although the trail beyond Caribou Lake is faint, ...

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon.

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