This trail enters the Trinity Alps Wilderness and the usual federal wilderness area regulations and restrictions apply here. 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 between November and May.
Need to Know
This area is open to grazing during the summer months (a compromise necessary to allow establishment of the wilderness) and you may encounter cows on the trail. Just proceed cautiously and don't spook them. This is one reason why you should keep your dog(s) on a leash.
This area is also popular with hunters starting in late September. It's advisable to wear "hunter orange" or other bright colors if planning a late-fall run in this area.
This is a very utilitarian trail that offers few views and no access to the creek. It is most popular with hunters or people wanting to fish the lakes. It starts at the Fox Creek Ridge Trailhead on Forest Road 40N17 and climbs steadily (but never steeply) up the ridge for about 1.2 miles.
It then drops slightly off the ridge and continues climbing steadily to a junction with the Mavis Lake Trail #5579, at about 2.8 miles from the trailhead. Up to this point the trail is well used, easy to follow, and has no obstacles. However, above its junction with the #5579, its quality deteriorates somewhat, with more rocky sections and more fallen trees. After one switchback and a rising climb, it ends at a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail on the crest of the Scott Mountains.
Shared By: Bruce Hope