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Taylor Lake Trail #5439

Easy/Intermediate
 3.7 (3)

An easy and short hike to the most accessible lake in the Russian Wilderness.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Point to Point

7,009' 2,136 m

High

6,425' 1,958 m

Low

584' 178 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (8°)

54%

Max Grade (28°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Lake · Swimming · Wildflowers

Generally accessible from May to November.

Description

The Taylor Lake Trail is an easy 0.5-mile hike to Taylor Lake, making Taylor Lake the most accessible lake in Russian Wilderness. The trail continues around the northeast side of the lake and offers a steep alternative route to reach the Pacific Crest Trail, which is especially useful as a work-around when the snowbank on the PCT northwest of Smith Lake has not yet melted and hikers need to get to the other side of the PCT.

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Shared By:

Dara Zimmerman with improvements by Bruce Hope

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  3.7 from 3 votes

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The Scott Valley and Mount Shasta from the top of the Taylor Lake Trail.
Nov 28, 2018 near Fort Jones, CA
Taylor Lake from the top of the Taylor Lake Trail.
Nov 28, 2018 near Fort Jones, CA

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Jul 13, 2017
Bruce Hope
Going down from the PCT isn't hard; going up is much harder.