Redding: Tangle Blue Lake

A lakeside campsite awaits at the end of this 4.2-miler that passes old-growth cedars, a mining camp, and meadows splashed with wildflowers.
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A lakeside campsite awaits at the end of this 4.2-miler that passes old-growth cedars, a mining camp, and meadows splashed with wildflowers.

Mapped by Leon Nelson

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.7

Waypoints

TBL001

Location: 41.2298812866211, -122.70378112793

From Tangle Blue trailhead (4,684 ft.), head SSW on Grand National Trail (old logging road)

TBL002

Location: 41.2278213500977, -122.707511901855

R @ Y

TBL003

Location: 41.2282257080078, -122.710433959961

Cross Tangle Blue Creek on steel bridge and start 200-ft. climb

TBL004

Location: 41.229564666748, -122.714111328125

R @ Y, curl NW through deeply carved canyon cradling Tangle Blue Creek into Trinity Alps Wilderness

TBL005

Location: 41.2227363586426, -122.728042602539

Dirt road changes to trail, pass outlet stream of Mosquito Lake hidden 1,400 ft. above

TBL006

Location: 41.2200126647949, -122.731140136719

R @ Y, cross seasonal creek. In the steep hill to S rests the old Grand National Mine, a leftover of the 19th-century gold rush

TBL007

Location: 41.2174644470215, -122.738739013672

Cross seasonal flows of Marshy Creek and climb among giant cedars draped with bright-green moss into a small meadow colored by wildflowers

TBL008

Location: 41.2173614501953, -122.741195678711

L @ Y

TBL009

Location: 41.215705871582, -122.742195129395

Cross Tangle Blue Creek near the old site of Messner Cabin and ascend last 350 ft. through firs and pines

TBL010

Location: 41.2080192565918, -122.744094848633

Tangle Blue Lake (5,746 ft.). Several lakeside sites; grab one on the white-sand beach on S shoreline. The peak above you is unnamed; snap photos of the alpenglow

Tangle Blue Lake

Location: 41.2078514099121, -122.743698120117

©Leon Nelson