Hike to Middle Cliff Lake and Terrace Lake Saturday, July 21st, 2012

If you like mountain lakes, the Mt Shasta Trail Association invites you to walk to the gems; Middle Cliff Lake and Terrace Lake, Saturday, July 21st, 2012. Hikers will be walking a gentle up and down 1.8 miles past Cedar Lake and Lower Cliff Lake to Middle Cliff Lake. Another .5 miles along a moderate uphill trail will bring the hikers to Terrace Lake, above Cliff Lake.

Middle Cliff Lake. (Photo by John Soares)

All of the lakes of the Trinity Divide were carved by glaciers. Cedar Lake, which will be passed on the way to Middle Cliff Lake, was the site of an interesting climate study. Researchers figured out that the sediment in the bottom of that shallow lake was stratified and contained a lot of pollen. By determining plant species composition by pollen in each layer, then carbon dating each layer, they were able to very accurately map climate change over the last 10,000 years (since the last ice age). Cedar Lake is named for the Port Orford cedars that grow around it.

Middle Cliff Lake is the largest lake, but it is also half private, featuring a small cabin and a dock.

Meeting place is 111 Morgan Way, Mt Shasta, the street in front of the Best Western Tree House Motor Inn (near Ray’s) at 9 am. Bring lunch and water. Bring your bathing suit for a refreshing swim. We will carpool and return about 3 pm. For further questions, call Joan Roemer 926 0647.