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Red Lake Trail #987

Intermediate

Trail

3.2 mile 5.2 kilometer point to point
97% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 273' 83 m
Descent: -209' -64 m
High: 6,083' 1,854 m
Low: 5,826' 1,776 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)

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Trail shared by Bruce Hope

An alternative to the PCT that takes you past Island and Red Lakes in the Sky Lakes Wilderness.

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Features Lake · Swimming

The usual federal wilderness area regulations and restrictions apply here. There may also be additional wilderness-specific restrictions in force; check with the district office if in doubt. Practice Leave No Trace (LNT) backcountry skills and ethics. Camp 100 feet from fragile areas; bury human waste at least 200 feet from water, trails, and campsites. This trail is usually closed by snow from November to June.

Description

The Red Lake Trail #987 begins at the Pacific Crest Trail at a junction with the Badger Lake Trail #3759, then heads northwest to pass Island Lake and Red Lake. About a half mile past Red Lake, the trail turns sharply to the east to link back to, and end at, the Pacific Crest Trail. Note that its actual junction with the PCT is a little further north than shown on USGS and Forest Service maps. The Red Lake Trail is part of the old Oregon Skyline Trail, which was circumvented when the PCT was realigned further east. The #987 gives PCT and other runners ready access to swimming, fishing, and camping opportunities at Island Lake and Red Lake.

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Nov 1, 2017 near Fort Ka…, OR
Mount McLoughlin from the north end of Island Lake
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