Tangle Blue Lake - Scouting Trip November 7, 2019

Photos by Jerry and Rich, Track by Jerry

The Monday Scouting Team continued its exploration of the Trinity Alps with a hike to Tangle Blue Lake. The biggest reason to hike it is the lake itself, a beautiful 5-6 acre lake surrounded by tall granite cliffs on two sides. Our conclusion was that it is not a hike for the regular Monday schedule due to distance versus hike quality but certainly worth trying for the experience. 

TH: Head south on I-5 to Exit 773 in Yreka and follow Route 3 through Fort Jones, Etna and Callahan to a right onto Forest Road 39N20, 12.2 miles South of Callahan, and 86.3 miles from Aswhland.. Road 39N20 is not marked and looks rough but there is a yellow highway sign for the curve, with the road number written with a magic marker.  The road improves in a hundred yards and it is 3.7 miles to the TH with a parking lot and a sign board. The trail starts with the continuation of the road straight ahead. High clearance vehicles recommended. EDT: 2:10.

The Hike: The TH had lots of parking and a sign board with nothing useful. You need to research the route and better to have a loaded GPS. Best to keep a group together so no one gets lost. Our maps were missing roads we found on the ground. The key is to follow Tangle Blue Creek from the TH to the Lake, crossing a couple of times, following trails, roads and dry creek beds with lots of stones. We lost about 15 minutes scratching our heads, but found the route. It took us 2 hours 30 minutes to do the 3.7 miles and 1 hour 40 coming back. Going out has 1,200 feet of ascent and the rocky sections slow you down. The Lake made it worth the effort. Elevation Change: 1,200 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 190 miles.

Track download:  Tangle Blue Lake 11-7-19.GPX

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