Marble Mountain Trek 

Six days and 64 miles across the northern end of Marble Moutains


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Author: IkanMas
Date: 8 Aug 2009 5:10:36 AM
Activity: Backpacking
State: California (CA)
Distance: 64 mi  (Change units)
Average Speed: 0.4 mph - 2:22:30/mi
Duration: Total: 6d 8:00:00
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 12662 ft
Total Loss: 12816 ft
Net Change: -154 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: California, Fishing, Marble Mountains, Somes Bar
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

8/8/09 Lovers Camp to Deep Lake.  Left Lovers Camp around 1:30 p.m.  By the map, this was supposed to be a ~7.5 mile hike.  It turned out to be 11.  It was 6.8 to Little Elk Lake alone.  Arrived at Deep Lake with enough time to cook and set up camp. Looks like there are Brook Trout in lake.

8/9/09 Deep Lake to Red Rock Creek.  On the trail just a little after 7. Hiked back to Little Elk Lake and attempted to take the trail that cuts over the ridge to Summit Lake.  Athough we could find occasional cairns, there never was a constructed trail and the going was very slow in the brush and fallen timber.  After a mile of this, I had the group turn back.  I didn't want to risk an injury and this was supposed to be a fun trip.  Also lots of bear sign and a two places, we were close enough to the bruins to smell them.  We headed back to Little Elk Lake and then to Red Rock Creek, where we camped between the creek and the trail.  Photographed a Cascades Frog (Rana cascadae). No fish in creek.

8/10/09 Red Rock Creek to Campbell Lake.  Hiked up Red Rock Creek meadows to the PCT.  Near the top encountered  a smoldering fire and smoke jumper equipment.  Continued SE on PCT to Summit Lake Trail.  Found two Coastal Giant Salamanders (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) in outlet creek.  Continued to Campbell Lake, which had a lot of other hikers. Finally had a chance to fish and caught a 13" Brown Trout and some smaller Brook Trout.

8/11/09 Campbell Lake to Summit Lake.  Got up early and caught another one of those Brown Trout. Took the group to Cliff Lake for the morning and then hiked over to Summit Lake.  Caught nice Rainbows and small Brooks at Cliff Lake.  Both species also present at Summit Lake. 

8/12/09  Summit Lake to Lower Sky High Lakes.  Cimbed back out to the PCT and ran along the crest down to the turnoff to Sky High Lakes.  Intesting cabin down by the lower lake.  It has a nice view across the meadow to the Marble Mountain.  Rainbows in the lake, but a front came in and put them off the bite.

8/13/09  Day hike to Spirit Lake.  Saw some grouse in the early morning in the meadow.  The group was antsy and needed to go out for a long hike.  Spirit Lake fit the bill.  Spirit is small and rather brushy. Got a good look at the backside of the Marble Mountain and could see across the Klamath into the Red Buttes Wilderness in Oregon.  In May I had stood at Cook and Green Pass and looked in the opposite direction to the Marble Mounts.   The grey white marble is pretty cool. That afternoon caught a nice rainbow in Lower Sky High.

8/14/09  Lower Sky High Lake to Marble Gap and Lovers Camp. Hiked down to Gate Lake and then over to Little Marble Valley.  Left our gear at the cabin on the PCT and then went up to the Mable Gap.  Great views.  Then took Canyon Creek Trail down to the parking lot at Lovers Camp.  Our ride was scheduled to show up on the 15th so we just camped at the trailhead. 

Great trip.  I want to go back.

TO TRAILHEAD: I-5 to Yreka. Highway 3 from Yreka to Ft. Jones. At west end of Ft. Jones, make a right onto Scott River Road. Turn left at Indian Scotty Park and continue up mountain to Lovers Camp.

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Points of Interest

023 Lovers Camp

Location: 41.594681, -123.142276
08-AUG-09 2:32:04PM

024

Location: 41.590520, -123.146194
08-AUG-09 2:55:42PM

025

Location: 41.563611, -123.146303
08-AUG-09 4:21:32PM

026

Location: 41.561328, -123.142198
08-AUG-09 4:59:45PM

027

Location: 41.564710, -123.139686
08-AUG-09 5:21:20PM

028 Deep Lake

Location: 41.571869, -123.112454
09-AUG-09 9:52:07AM

029 Little Elk Lake

Location: 41.564286, -123.132639
09-AUG-09 12:07:58PM

030

Location: 41.563732, -123.139762
09-AUG-09 3:27:07PM

031

Location: 41.536793, -123.138454
10-AUG-09 11:37:06AM

032

Location: 41.534788, -123.134631
10-AUG-09 11:45:37AM

037

Location: 41.550296, -123.193137
12-AUG-09 9:18:26AM

038

Location: 41.551990, -123.175325
13-AUG-09 8:19:17AM

039

Location: 41.553907, -123.201165
13-AUG-09 9:24:25AM

040

Location: 41.557603, -123.218731
13-AUG-09 10:13:08AM

041

Location: 41.554207, -123.229605
13-AUG-09 10:39:00AM

042 Spirit Lake

Location: 41.559514, -123.264851
13-AUG-09 11:31:05AM

043

Location: 41.561431, -123.248088
13-AUG-09 12:39:19PM

044

Location: 41.554225, -123.229772
13-AUG-09 1:13:09PM

045

Location: 41.557594, -123.218765
13-AUG-09 1:49:22PM

046

Location: 41.553876, -123.201161
13-AUG-09 2:28:39PM

047

Location: 41.551924, -123.175309
13-AUG-09 3:07:20PM

048 Lower Sky High Lake

Location: 41.551972, -123.175477
14-AUG-09 7:11:17AM

049

Location: 41.558497, -123.193135
14-AUG-09 7:49:42AM

050

Location: 41.557474, -123.202016
14-AUG-09 8:16:05AM

051

Location: 41.553946, -123.201205
14-AUG-09 8:30:10AM

052

Location: 41.557581, -123.202043
14-AUG-09 8:40:24AM

053

Location: 41.563259, -123.199030
14-AUG-09 9:15:28AM

054

Location: 41.566024, -123.199642
14-AUG-09 9:41:02AM

055 Marble Gap

Location: 41.570567, -123.211381
14-AUG-09 10:21:46AM

058

Location: 41.563419, -123.195273
14-AUG-09 11:36:37AM

059

Location: 41.564375, -123.189662
14-AUG-09 11:46:44AM

060

Location: 41.586742, -123.151104
14-AUG-09 1:39:27PM

Campbell Lake

Location: 41.531970, -123.106048
11-AUG-09 8:26:21AM

Marble Valley Cabin

Location: 41.563168, -123.198957
14-AUG-09 11:14:08AM

Pacific Crest Trail

Location: 41.544546, -123.169757
12-AUG-09 8:37:58AM

Summit Lake

Location: 41.536638, -123.128687
11-AUG-09 2:21:58PM

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Location: 41.538137, -123.105927
Campbell Lake

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Location: 41.580782, -123.109016
Deep Lake

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Location: 41.550985, -123.174934
Lower Sky High Lake

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Location: 41.568967, -123.209953
Marble Mountain at Marble Gap

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Location: 41.553554, -123.203430
Backside of Marble Mountain looking north


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