China Flat to Leland Lakes
ElevationAscent: 1,424' 434 m
Descent: -785' -239 m
High: 8,098' 2,468 m
Low: 7,110' 2,167 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“Run along the Rubicon River, beautiful mountain lakes, and large granite hills.”— Jeffrey Root
Take a left at 2.7 miles and head along the McConnell Lake Loop #16E06. You'll pass by 4-Qs Lakes, take a run up a large granite hill to Horseshoe Lake, pass by McConnell Lake, and finish at Leland Lakes. There are plenty of cairns along the way, but when the water levels are high ,the trail can get covered and you'll need to make your way around.
You can also continue on up over Schmidell Pass, down to Lake Schmidell, past Lake Lois, and on to Lake Doris where it meets up again with the Rockbound Trail (16E08). For most, this is a backpacking trail unless you are a trail runner looking to get some miles in. There is plenty of water to filter along the way. The trail is best done mid-to-late summer.
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