Redding: Caribou Lake

With views at every turn, this 22.8-mile, 3-day Trinity Alps route visits soaring spires of bleached granite and a basin full of shimmering lakes.
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With views at every turn, this 22.8-mile, 3-day Trinity Alps route visits soaring spires of bleached granite and a basin full of shimmering lakes.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 18.4

Waypoints

CLK001

Location: 41.0677223205566, -122.934761047363

Hike S from Big Flat trailhead (5,011 ft.) into shady fir groves

CLK002

Location: 41.0649032592773, -122.934585571289

Cross S Fork Salmon River on log bridge, then go L @ Y onto signed Caribou Lakes Trail

CLK003

Location: 41.06396484375, -122.935623168945

R @ Y for 300-ft. ascent of zipper-tight switch backs

CLK004

Location: 41.0643844604492, -122.940147399902

Begin long, gradual traverse through thinning lodgepole pine forest

CLK005

Location: 41.0500373840332, -122.952377319336

Straight @ 4-way in Caribou Meadows

CLK006

Location: 41.050838470459, -122.972534179688

Browns Meadow, dotted with boulders and wildflowers. Find trailside camp above alder-lined stream (good water)

CLK007

Location: 41.0432815551758, -122.979202270508

First glance over a trio of tarns in Caribou Lakes Basin

CLK008

Location: 41.0331382751465, -122.970642089844

R @ Y; twin-tipped crest of Caribou Mtn. soars to the E

CLK009

Location: 41.0303077697754, -122.971382141113

Snowslide Lake. Multi-tent site is ideal basecamp for dayhikes. To continue, follow W shore over small outlet stream

CLK010

Location: 41.0271644592285, -122.973197937012

Go L @ Y past ponds

CLK011

Location: 41.0226631164551, -122.975883483887

Caribou Lake (6,850 ft.) sits in a deep cirque with a sheer headwall to reflect alpenglow at twilight. Dayhike: Climb S to saddle on Sawtooth Ridge for monster vistas. Hardy scramblers can tag neighboring summits

CLK012

Location: 41.0144500732422, -122.981216430664

Peak 7,905: See horizon-hogging Sawtooth Ridge and Caesar Peak, and a chorus line of nearby granite spires. Retrace route to car