Commonly Backpacked · Fishing · Lake · Wildflowers · Wildlife
USFS rules, please:
- camp at least 200 feet away from lakes, creeks, and trails.
- leash dogs in crowded areas
- follow Leave No Trace Principles
Lake Ethel Trail connects Boulder Canyon Trail #7113
and Highline Trail #7094. It is typically part of a longer hike. As described here, it starts at the 6.3 mile mark along Boulder Canyon Trail #7113
Starting at the outlet creek - Boulder Creek North Fork, of Lake Ethel, the lake comes into view almost immediately. It is to the right (east), as Lake Ethel Trail is flat as it passes the lake along its shoreline. Leaving Lake Ethel behind, in the thin, rocky woods, the trail climbs gradually to Lake Christina. The trail is again flat as it runs along the west and then north shorelines of Lake Christina.
After passing Lake Christina by the 3.3 mile mark, Lake Ethel Trail climbs gradually, as the woods become thinner and rockier, to pass two more cute, small lakes - Perry Lake (3.8 mile mark) and Macs Lake (4.5 mile mark). Lake Ethel Trail then ends at Highline Trail #7094, after a total of 4.7 miles.
In the thin, rocky woods, there are good views of all the lakes as they are approached, passed, and left behind.
Flora & Fauna
Thin rocky woods with grass and other low vegetation. Summer wildflowers. Fish in the lakes.
Shared By: Joan Pendleton