Hidden & South Fork Lakes

Easy (to Hidden Lake)
2.4 miles
520 feet elevation gain
Open late June to mid-November
Use: hikers, horses

Difficult (to South Fork Lakes)
6 miles
round trip
1250 feet elevation gain

Ice Age glaciers once scalloped the north side of every ridge in the Trinity Alps. Today if you climb into the resulting “hanging valleys” you’ll find a lake in each, filling the vanished glacier’s footprint. Two of the easiest hikes to these lakes begin at Carter Meadows Summit, where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses a paved road. Maximum group size is ten. If you plan to use a stove or campfire, be sure to get a free permit at www.preventwildfireca.org.

From Interstate 5, take . . .

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