Hike Middle Cliff Lake and Terrace Lake — Saturday August 3, 2013

The Mount Shasta Trail Association is changing the destination of the Saturday, August 3rd hike. Instead of going on the Heart Lake Trail which would involve trespassing on private property, we will be hiking to the beautiful summer lakes; Middle Cliff Lake and Terrace Lake.
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.

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.

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