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Paynes Lake Trail

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Trail

2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer point to point
54% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,022' 616 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,473' 1,973 m
Low: 4,451' 1,357 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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Trail shared by Dara Zimmerman

A steep and difficult ascent to the Pacific Crest Trail and Paynes Lake.

Dara Zimmerman

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

Generally accessible from June to October.

Runner Notes

A very challenging and steep run.

Description

The Paynes Lake Trail is a very difficult and steep singletrack trail. The trail leads to the intersection of the Pacific Crest Trail at scenic and popular Paynes Lake. Alternatively, if you are wanting to get to Paynes Lake without the painful climb, you can take the Music Creek Trail to the PCT and running north along the PCT.

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Kellogg's Lily 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
Crossing log-clogged outlet of Paynes Lake off Pacific Crest Trail in Russian Wilderness.
Jul 29, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA
Pacific Crest Trail sign at intersection of Paynes Lake Trail in Russian Wilderness
Jul 29, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA
Trail to campsite near outlet on Paynes Lake in Russian Wilderness
Jul 29, 2017 near Fort Jones, CA

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