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Albert Lake Trail

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A semi cross-country route to a beautiful forested alpine lake off the Pacific Crest Trail.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

69%

Runnable

6,939' 2,115 m

High

6,489' 1,978 m

Low

452' 138 m

Up

2' 1 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

Generally accessible during late June though October, until snowfall.

Runner Notes

This trail is not recommended for trail running. The trail is more of a steep scramble, and can be very slippery with loose gravel.

Description

There are multiple paths alongside each other to reach Albert Lake (also known as Albers Lake). The route is fairly easy to identify on noticeable but semi-developed trails, and maps do show a specific trail path that is feasible. Climbing up or down the paths to/from Albert Lake can involve some rocks and slippery gravel scrambling, and may be difficult enough for some to warrant leaving large packs down at Paynes Lake. '

There is a campsite at Albers Lake that can reached by crossing over logs near the outlet. The area has become increasingly popular, with July/August seeing Pacific Crest Trail runners crowd into this area. Views of Mount Shasta can be had on this trail, overlooking Paynes Lake.

Flora & Fauna

Intense biodiversity of conifers, lots of wildflowers, and excellent birding.

Contacts

Shared By:

Dara Zimmerman

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Photos

View of Paynes Lake in Russian Wilderness and Mount Shasta from Albers Lake Trail.
Jul 29, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA
Stable log crossing of Albers Lake outlet to reach camp site and Upper Albers Lake in Russian Wilderness
Jul 29, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA
Albers Lake Trail in Russian Wilderness
Jul 29, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA
Albers Lake in Russian Wilderness
Jul 29, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA
Paynes Lake off Pacific Crest Trail in Russian Wilderness
Jul 29, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA
Kellogg's Lily in Russian Wilderness
Jul 29, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA

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