Middle Cliff and Terrace Lakes Hike — Saturday July 15, 2017

Middle Cliff Lake

The Mount Shasta Trail Association invites the public on a 4 mile hike to Middle Cliff and Terrace Lakes Saturday, July 15th. The walk in to Middle Cliff Lake is a gentle up and down with a 100 foot elevation gain, the elevation gain to Terrace Lake is 650 feet.

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, and then carbon dating each layer, they were able to 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 9:00 am. Bring lunch, water and sun protection. Also, bring your bathing suit for a refreshing swim. We will carpool and return about 3:00 pm. For further questions, call Joan Roemer 926-0647.