Telephone Lake Trail #5576
ElevationAscent: 1,583' 482 m
Descent: -591' -180 m
High: 7,424' 2,263 m
Low: 5,841' 1,780 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“This trail provides access to Telephone Lake, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Trinity Alps Wilderness.”— Bruce Hope
This area is also popular with hunters starting in late September. It's advisable to wear "hunter orange" or other bright colors if planning a late-fall hike in this area.
Beyond the lake, the trail continues a steady, easy climb through a big meadow and then makes a short, steeper climb up to the crest of the Scott Mountains. The trail continues downhill from the crest through some forest, then skirts two meadows before arriving at a signed junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. The Telephone Lake Trail (now the #8W25 because you crossed from the Klamath National Forest to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest at the crest) continues downhill for about another 0.5 miles to end at a junction with the Tangle Blue Trail #8W01.