Pacific Crest Trail to Midnight Lake
ElevationAscent: 820' 250 m
Descent: -821' -250 m
High: 5,385' 1,641 m
Low: 5,015' 1,529 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“This easy out-and-back run travels to a nice small lake in the Diamond Peak Wilderness.”— Steve Jackson
This is a relatively easy run to Midnight Lake with a slight incline, but in the summer the mosquitos on trail are fierce. They will swarm you and made the run slightly less than enjoyable.
After entering the Diamond Peak Wilderness, you'll gain elevation slightly before reaching the Midnight Lake Access Trail. This trail is not marked so you have to rely on a map, GPS, or the Trail Run Project mobile app. You can barely make out the lake from the PCT.
If you want to run around the lake, know that you'll need to bushwhack through dense undergrowth on the south lakeshore. If you're looking to spend the night, there are really only two sites to camp, both near where the access trail terminates at the lake.
Interestingly enough, the mosquitos were barely noticeable at the edge of the lake. However, waltz into the forest and you'll get swarmed.
After enjoying your time at Midnight Lake, simply follow the access trail back to the PCT and return the way you came to reach your car.
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