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Old Caribou Lakes Trail

Intermediate

Trail

4.9 mile 7.8 kilometer point to point
61% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 3,168' 966 m
Descent: -991' -302 m
High: 8,125' 2,477 m
Low: 4,957' 1,511 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 79% (38°)

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Trail shared by Cameron Cook

A varied trail with consistent grade until a very steep up followed by a steep descent to the lakes.

Cameron Cook

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views

Description

From the shared trailhead with the New Caribou Lakes Trail, descend to the creek and keep an eye out for a tree on the left with a sign that simply says "Trail" with an arrow pointed across the creek. Cross the rocks and follow signs for "Caribou Lakes Trail." From there it is a rolling, singletrack trail with a lot of variety from pine forest to granite faces.

After several short switchbacks and two long ones, you'll come to a split off for "Caribou Lakes Old Trail" on the left. Follow this trail for a very steep climb up to a beautiful pass with gorgeous 360-degree views including Mt. Shasta in the distance. The trail then dives down steep grades until it meets back up with the New Trail. Take a left after the trails join to the Lower Caribou Lake before a quick climb to the finish at Upper Caribou Lake. There are plenty of primitive campsites at both Upper and Lower Caribou with beautifully clear waters to refresh you.

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360 view from pass on Old Caribou Trail.
Oct 10, 2016 near Weaverv…, CA
Creek crossing near the big flat campground trailhead in Sep. 2017
Sep 4, 2017 near Weaverv…, CA
Steep descent to the lake
Oct 10, 2016 near Weaverv…, CA

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