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Carl Lake Hike

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  • Start point: Cabot Lake TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Cabot Lake Trailhead
  • Trail Log:
  • Hike Type: Out-and-Back
  • Distance: 10 miles
  • Elevation gain: 1,000 feet
  • High Point: 7,800 feet
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Seasons: Summer and Fall
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • Crowded: Yes


Hike Description

In the wake of the 2003 B&B Fire when the Forest Service abandoned many of the trails in this area, the Cabot Lake Trail is one of the few entry points for the east side of the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. As a result it is very popular and very crowded. This can be done as a long day hike or an overnight backpack, however Carl Lake is very busy on Friday and Saturday nights.

The trail starts out in burned forest that is recovering from the lightning-caused B&B Complex Fires which burned 90,000 acres in 2003. This section has no shade and can be very hot in the summer.

After 1.5 miles you'll leave the burn area and enter the forest.

At 5 miles you'll reach the east end of Table Lake. The trail continues around the lake to the left where you'll find campsites.

If you wish to explore further a trail heads south past Shirley Lake and connects up with the PCT. The Cabot Lake Trail continues around the west end of Carl Lake and north to Table Lake. Trails that connect to this one from the east - the Sugar Pine Ridge Trail and the Jefferson Lake Trail - are no longer maintained and are impassible.


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