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Old Caribou Lakes Trail

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Length


4.9 Miles 7.8 Kilometers


3,168' 966 m

Ascent

-991' -302 m

Descent

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

79%

Max Grade (38°)

8,125' 2,477 m

High

4,957' 1,511 m

Low

Shared By Cameron Cook

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A varied trail with consistent grade until a very steep up followed by a steep descent to the lakes.

Cameron Cook

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Description

From the shared trailhead with the New Caribou Lakes Trail, descend to the creek and keep an eye out for a tree on the left with a sign that simply says "Trail" with an arrow pointed across the creek. Cross the rocks and follow signs for "Caribou Lakes Trail." From there it is a rolling, singletrack trail with a lot of variety from pine forest to granite faces.

After several short switchbacks and two long ones, you'll come to a split off for "Caribou Lakes Old Trail" on the left. Follow this trail for a very steep climb up to a beautiful pass with gorgeous 360-degree views including Mt. Shasta in the distance. The trail then dives down steep grades until it meets back up with the New Trail. Take a left after the trails join to the Lower Caribou Lake before a quick climb to the finish at Upper Caribou Lake. There are plenty of primitive campsites at both Upper and Lower Caribou with beautifully clear waters to refresh you.

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