Hinkle Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 863' 263 m
Descent: -314' -96 m
High: 5,873' 1,790 m
Low: 5,080' 1,548 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)
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“A short run to a pretty little lake in the Siskiyou Mountains.”— Bruce Hope
You can follow the road past the lake for a short distance to where it ends at Kendall (or Kendall's) Cabin situated at the bottom of another large, California corn lily-covered meadow. The cabin's walls are six-inch thick log slices (with prominent saw marks) chinked with metal bands. This hewn-log structure was supposedly built by local hunters in the 1950s with an early-style power saw.
For a longer run, consider a moderate off-trail climb of nearby Arnold Mountain, which rises above Hinkle Lake to the west. There are spectacular views from its summit on a clear day. The name of this peak was officially from Lake Peak to Arnold Mountain by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names in 1998 in honor of late 19th/early 20th century miner and settler Ezra Arnold. The current USGS map for this area, which was prepared in 1996, doesn't show this change.
On the way back, you can make a short (0.1-mile) detour to see the remains of the Arnold Mine. Claims here were first staked by Ezra Arnold (namesake of Arnold Mountain) in 1914-1915 and subsequently owned and mined by his descendants into the 1990s. The mine consisted of two tunnels and an exploratory trench and was reported to have produced up to 600 ounces of gold by 1940. Serious production ended around 1957.
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Land Manager: USFS - Rogue River & Siskiyou Nat. Forest Office