Trail Gulch Lake

Long Gulch Lake in the Trinity Alps

(to Trail Gulch Lake)
3.6 miles round-trip
910 feet elevation gain
Open late June to mid-November
Use: hikers, horses

Difficult (to Long Gulch Lake)
9.6-mile loop
2280 feet elevation gain 

Left: Long Gulch Lake

Cars often pack the trailhead parking lots on the southern side of the popular Trinity Alps Wilderness, but here on the northern side, just an hour and a half’s drive from the Oregon border, you can hike all day without meeting another group. Two of the Trinity Alps’ prettiest lakes are hidden in a pair of subalpine canyons here. For a trip the whole family can manage, head for Trail Gulch Lake. For a longer loop, continue over a panoramic divide to cliff-backed Long Gulch Lake. Maximum group size is ten. If you plan to camp in the Wilderness, be sure to pick up a free permit at the Fort Jones or Weaverville ranger stations.

To drive here from Oregon, take ...

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

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