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Big and Little Duck Lakes Trail

Elevation: Varies
Length: 4 Miles (6.67 Kilometers) Big Duck Lake
USGS Map: Eaton Peak

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General Description

A total hike of four miles leads you to impressive 26-acre Big Duck Lake. Little Duck Lake lies another 1.5 miles beyond via a sometimes faint trail. These lakes bear a strong resemblance to Sierran Lakes.

Eaton Lake Trail and Eaton Lake are serviced by the same trailhead but are more difficult to find as the trail is somewhat faint in places and quite steep. Relatively private 11-acre Eaton Lake is the reward for a tough hike.

By following the abandoned road beyond the junction of Duck and Eaton Lake Trails for a mile or so, visitors will come to 6-acre Horseshoe Lake. At 6,400 feet, this lake is typical of those in the Russian Wilderness Area.

Directions from Callahan: Travel north on State Hwy. 3 for approximately three miles to the junction with Forest Service Rd 40N22. Turn west onto this road and continue for about five miles before turning left (south) onto FS 41N14. After roughly a mile, turn right onto an unmarked forest service road. Follow this back north for about 1.5 miles to Duck-Eaton Trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Late Spring through Early Winter .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Danny Baker (Castro Valley, CA)
Time of Day: 11:00 AM
Length of Time: 4 hours in, 1:30 out
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Very well groomed trail, nice hike in, 2000' elevation gain from trail head to Big Duck Lake (checked on Garmin GPS). Directions to trail head are not correct. North of Callahan, take French Creek Road (left turn headed north on Highway 3). Roads to trail head are signed.
Conditions: Trail is in excellent condition
Water Availability: Packed in a 70 oz Camelbak bladder, and had now problems. There is a small stream 2 miles into the hike, near the junction of the Eaton Lake trailhead. Pleanty of water at Big Duck Lake.
Recommended Clothing: Wore shorts and t-shirt on the way in. Temp dropped around 20 degrees after sunset, ending around 40 deg F. You should have sunglasses and sunscreen for this hike.
Suggested Accessories: Fishing at the lake was excellent. I cought three small trout, my partner cought two, in around 20 min of fishing.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Russian Wilderness Area
ICON Hiking & Walking Big and Little Duck Lakes Trail
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Big Duck, Little Duck, & Eaton Lakes
ICON Viewing Scenery Scott River Ranger District
ICON Viewing Wildlife Scott River Ranger District

Related Activities
Lipstick Lake Trail - Lipstick Lake Trail, which lies deep in the Russian Wilderness to the west of Callahan, is served by the Duck-Eaton Trailhead.

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Visitor Information:

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543


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