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Campbell Lake Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Large meadow along Shackleford Creek (B. Hope)
Aptly named Log Lake (B. Hope)
Campbell Lake (B. Hope)
Map of the hike to Campbell Lake (B. Hope)
  • Start point: Shackleford TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Shackleford Trailhead
  • Trail Log:
  • Hike Type: Loop or Out-and-Back
  • Distance: 13 miles
  • Elevation gain: 2,100 feet
  • High Point: 4,400 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: Summer, Fall
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • Crowded: No (except weekends in Summer)


Hike Description

The Shackleford Creek Trail is one of the main hiking routes in the Marbles; very popular in the summertime as the pathway to a number of charming lakes. A hike up the creek from the trailhead, through an old growth forest and scattered patches of huckleberry oak and Jeffrey pine, gets you to Campbell Lake, a large, shallow body of water strewn with a number of campsites around its shore. A short side trip takes you to Cliff Lake, the deepest lake in the Marbles. Another side trip takes you to two lakes hidden in saddles of the mountain that looms over Cliff Lake. A scramble up Boulder Peak (Red Mountain) - the highest point in the Marbles - involves some bushwhacking and steep climbing, but you'll be rewarded with peace and solitude you won't find on the shores of the more popular lakes below. If you plan to backpack, get a free permit at the USFS ranger station in Fort Jones, CA.

The Shackleford Creek trail leaves the Shackleford trailhead going west and, after 2.8 miles, comes to a trail junction. Going left will take you, steeply, to Campbell Lake in 1.3 miles. Going right (or straight ahead) will take you, in 1.2 miles past Log Lake, to another trail junction. Left here will also take you to Campbell Lake; right (or straight ahead) will take you on a loop past Summit Lake (you can also connect with the Pacific Crest Trail here) and back to between Cliff and Campbell Lakes.

NOTE: Cows may be present during the summer months. Some of them wear bells.


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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon by William L. Sullivan (Third Edition, Hike #90)

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