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East Boulder Lake Loop Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

East Boulder Lake (B. Hope)
View of Mt. Shasta from the PCT (B. Hope)
View of the Middle Boulder Lake basin from the PCT (B. Hope)
Map of the East Boulder Lake Loop hike (B. Hope)
  • Start point: East Boulder Lake TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: East Boulder Lake Trailhead
  • Trail Log:
  • Hike Type: Loop
  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Elevation gain: 1,900 feet
  • High Point: 7,400 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: Summer, Fall
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • Crowded: No


Hike Description

This hike is on decent trails past two lakes in the northern Trinity Alps wilderness. It can be done as a moderate dayhike or as an easy overnight backpack. From the East Boulder Lake trailhead, it is 2 miles up the creek (south) to East Boulder Lake. From the lake, it is another 1.2 miles up to a pass at 7,100' and a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Note that the trail up to the PCT crosses a meadow just south of East Boulder Lake and may be a little hard to follow here - just keep going SE and up and you'll find it again. From the PCT, you'll have a great view of Mt. Shasta to the east. Follow the PCT southwest for 2.2 miles to another pass at 7,420' with a "Middle Boulder Lake" sign - you can see the lakes in the basin below. Descend 0.5 miles and look for a faint trail contouring off to the right. There's an "East Boulder Lake" sign here but it is not immediately obvious. Follow this tie trail for 1.6 miles through sage brush, along the base of a rock slide, and around a ridge back to East Boulder Lake. Then take the trail along East Boulder Creek back to the trailhead. If you plan to backpack, get a free permit at the USFS ranger station in Fort Jones, CA.

NOTE: Cows may be present during the summer months.


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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon by William L. Sullivan (Third Edition, Hike #93)

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