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Fort Goff Trail #956

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This trail provides access to Lonesome Lake and links the Red Buttes Boundary and Butte Fork Trails.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

2.0

KM

Point to Point

5,404' 1,647 m

High

4,975' 1,517 m

Low

103' 31 m

Up

531' 162 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek

This trail is within the Red Buttes Wilderness and is only accessible from Butte Fork Trail #957 or Red Buttes Boundary Trail #5254. There is no vehicular access to this trail.

Need to Know

As of 2016, this trail had not been maintained in some time and was in poor condition. Expect to do some route-finding and minor bushwhacking to follow it.

Description

This trail links the Red Buttes Boundary Trail #5254 with the Butte Fork Trail #957 in Cedar Basin. It also provides access to Lonesome Lake, an important perennial water source in this part of the Siskiyou Crest.

The #956 can be used to make a great loop through old growth forest along the Butte Fork of the Applegate River. Starting from the Horse Camp Trailhead, ascend the Horse Camp Trail #958 to the Butte Fork Trail #957, then follow that trail through huge old growth up the Butte Fork. In Cedar Basin, connect with the Fort Goff Trail #956 and climb past Lonesome Lake to the crest. Once there, follow the Red Buttes Boundary Trail #5254 and the PCT: Seiad Valley to Highway 5 (near Ashland, OR) to Echo Lake and a junction with the Horse Camp Trail #958, which you descend back to your starting point. From Cedar Basin, you can add a short side trip to visit Azalea Lake.

The #956 can also be used in conjunction with the PCT: Seiad Valley to Highway 5 (near Ashland, OR), the Red Buttes Boundary Trail #5254, the Azalea Lake/Fir Glade Trail #955, the Steve Fork Trail #905, the Sucker Creek Trail #906, and the Boundary Trail #1207 to follow the Siskiyou Crest from Cook and Green Pass to Grayback Mountain.

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Shared By:

Bruce Hope

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Really big cedars live in Cedar Basin
Nov 21, 2017 near Happy Camp, CA
Cedar Basin.
May 31, 2016 near Happy Camp, CA
Sign (as of 2015) at the trail junction in Cedar Basin.
Dec 20, 2020 near Happy Camp, CA

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