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Sugar Lake Trail

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Trail

2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,168' 356 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 5,946' 1,812 m
Low: 4,778' 1,456 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Dara Zimmerman

A less-visited trail to diverse conifer forest and scenic remote lakes.

Dara Zimmerman

Features Birding · Lake · Swimming · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Generally accessible from June to October.

Description

The Sugar Lake Trail was rebuilt in 2013 but is purposefully not maintained to discourage visitation to this unique ecosystem that contains one of the most diverse conifer forests in North America (known as Miracle Mile). The trail is a singletrack dirt path that follows Sugar Creek and is overgrown but is still easy to follow. The trail to South Sugar Lake splits off about halfway up the Sugar Lake Trail.

Flora & Fauna

One of the most diverse conifer forests in North America (known as Miracle Mile).

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Oct 1, 2019
Bruce Hope
One of the nicest, easiest trails to a lake in the Russian Wilderness.
Sep 21, 2019
Nelson Lamborn
Jun 22, 2019
Johanna D'Arcy
6mi — 3h 00m
Jul 11, 2018
Melissa C

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  4.0 from 3 votes

#8661

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  4.0 from 3 votes
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Trail Rankings

#898

in California

#8,661

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Sugar Lake Trail in Russian Wilderness
Aug 13, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA
Sugar Lake Trail in Russian Wilderness
Aug 13, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA
Sugar Lake Trail in Russian Wilderness.
Aug 13, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA
Sugar Lake Trail sign off Road 41N14 in Klamath National Forest.
Aug 13, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA
Sugar Lake Trail in Russian Wilderness
Aug 13, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA
Sugar Lake Trail in Russian Wilderness
Aug 13, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA

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