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Blue Lake Trail

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation: 6,000 Feet (1870.3 Meters) Blue Lake
Length: 1.5 Miles (2.5 Kilometers)

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General Description

The Blue Lake Trail is 1.5 miles long and designated a National Recreation Trail. It begins at the Blue Lake Campground. The trail continues around the west side of the lake to the boat ramp. At least 90 percent of the trail is shaded by picturesque white fir and massive ponderosa pine trees. Deer tracks on the trail often outnumber hikers' tracks. Tree squirrels, ducks, geese, loons and hawks are frequently seen by hikers while walking the trail. The Blue Lake National Recreation Trail is closed to all motorized vehicles.

Blue Lake, at an elevation of 6,000 feet, is a natural lake that sustains a good population of rainbow and brown trout. A boat ramp is available for launching boats. The Blue Lake Campground is a fee campground containing 48 units with piped water, stoves, vault toilets and picnic tables. Handicap accessible restrooms are available and there is an accessible trail to a fishing pier. The managed season of use is from Memorial Day through October 15.

Directions from Likely, CA: Located approximately 15 miles east of Likely and 35 miles south of Alturas. Road not plowed in winter.

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

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Blue Lake Campground
ICON Fishing Rainbow & Brown Trout
ICON Hiking & Walking Blue Lake Trail
ICON Plant Identification White Fir, Ponderosa Pine
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Blue Lake
ICON Viewing Scenery Warner Mountain Ranger District
ICON Viewing Wildlife Waterfowl, Raptors

Related Activities
Blue Lake - Several of the campsites are located directly on the lake which is about 16 miles east of LIkely. A boat ramp is located close to the campground. Don't forget your fishing license.

Blue Lake Campground - This campground is perched above one of the deepest blue lakes in the Modoc National Forest. The picturesque setting offers a chance to relax beneath the pines and abundant recreational activities.

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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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