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Cliff Lake Trail - Trinity Divide, CA

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,622 feet
Elevation Gain 160 feet
Accumulated Gain 180 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.9
Interest Seasonal Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Author lojones5
author avatar Guides 23
Routes 162
Photos 538
Trips 104 map ( 523 miles )
Age 28 Male Gender
Location Redding, CA
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:03am - 7:29pm
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Alpine Headwaters to the Sacramento River
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The road to Cliff Lake is on private property for the last ~0.5 miles, and the west side of the lake itself is private property. Respect the landowner and do not trespass west of the road. Forest service land is East of the lake's outlet, where there is a small campsite with an old fire pit and rundown grill with a brick and mortar chimney.

The Cliff Lakes are the headwaters of the West Fork of the Sacramento River. They create the West Fork Sacramento River, which combines with the North Fork and Middle Fork to become the Sacramento River.

The trail to the lake is a very rough road, which is at one point made up of piles of miscellaneous-sized rocks. Some jeeps and determined folks with four-wheel drive vehicles will make it to the lake, but most cars will not. The road passes by Cedar Lake and Lower Cliff Lake, which are not incredibly scenic compared to the spectacular Cliff Lake that is shrouded by rocky, craggy cliffs. There is a tree trunk to cross the outlet stream to access (slight right) a trail that hugs the edge of Cliff Lake or (slight left) a lightly used trail that continues East of Cliff Lake up the hill leading to Terrace Lake. Terrace Lake is smaller, but the water was still clear, and trees and an open green hillside flank it. There is no defined trail beyond Terrance Lake, but much to explore off-trail where one can find several tiny lakes, including Upper Cliff Lake, where sweeping views are looking out over Cliff Lake.

Water Sources
Several alpine lakes with water.

There are several campsites along the road leading to Cliff Lake and one at the lake itself. Do not camp on private property (see Warning)

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2020-09-01 lojones5
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Take I-5 towards Mt. Shasta.
    Take exit 738 toward Central Mt Shasta
    0.2 mi
    West on W Lake St (signs for Lake Siskiyou)
    0.3 mi
    Continue onto Hatchery Ln
    0.2 mi
    Turn left onto S Old Stage Rd
    0.2 mi
    Slight right onto W A Barr Rd
    9.6 mi
    Continue onto Forest Rte 40N26. This road is paved and very scenic following river rapids in early summer.
    4.3 mi
    Turn left onto 39No5Y which is the dirt road leading to Cliff Lake. There are no signs. There is ample parking immediately after turning onto the dirt road. The first several yards of the dirt road to reach the parking may be somewhat rough.
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