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.

Hike to Cliff Lake on Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Mt. Shasta  Association has scheduled a hike to Middle Cliff Lake, slated for Saturday August 6th. Hikers will be walking a gentle up and down 1.8 miles past Cedar Lake and Lower Cliff Lake.

Meeting place is 111 Morgan Way, in front of the Best Western Tree House Motor Inn in Mt. Shasta at 9 am. (Just east of the freeway and the Central Mount Shasta exit) Note: it’s not the Fish Hatchery this time!

Participants will carpool and return about 3 pm. Bring lunch, water and bathing suit for a refreshing swim.

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 in each layer, they were able to accurately map climate change over the last 10,000 years — since the last ice age.

Middle Cliff Lake, the hike destination, is half private land and features a small cabin and a dock.

Call Joan Roemer at 926-0647 for more information.

MSTA board member John Soares swims in Cliff Lake on July 3, 2011. (Photo by Stephanie Hoffman)
MSTA board member John Soares swims in Cliff Lake on July 3, 2011. (Photo by Stephanie Hoffman)

Siskiyou Wanderers June Hiking Schedule

Join the Siskiyou Wanderers for great hiking in Siskiyou County every Thursday. Here’s the June schedule:

June 3: Sacramento River Trail / Wanderers Annual Picnic: A potluck picnic in the park follows a hike of the Sacramento River Trail near Castella. Come help us celebrate our 24th year of great hikes with terrific friends in Dunsmuir Park. Bring your best potluck dish to share and/or meat to grill. All Wanderers, Meanderers and new hikers invited to celebrate spring, life and our special neck of the woods.
AD: 4 miles THE: 2000′ AEG: 50′ PMP: Dunsmuir City Park T: 9:30 am.

June 10: Cabin Meadows Creek: A new road hike in the beautiful Cabin Meadows Creek drainage east of Callahan. Depending on snow conditions m ay be able to hike to Cabin Meadows Lakes. Some cross country.
AD: 5-7 miles THE: 5,670′ AEG: 1,230′ PMP: Gazelle Grange/Jct Kangaroo Lake Road T: 9:00 am/9:35 am.

June 17: Campbell and Cliff Lakes: Hike this pretty trail along Shackelford Creek and enjoy streamside views, wildflowers, meadows, lakes, and forest. Let’s leave our footprints before the summer hordes descend.
AD: 10-11 miles THE: 4,750′ AEG: 1,400′ PMP: Yreka Mall / Greenview Grange T: 8:30 am/9:10 am.

June 24: Martins Dairy Area: A beautiful meadow beyond Goosenest Mountain. Should have plenty of spring flowers. Depending on snow, can either hike Martins Dairy road loop, to Panther Rock, or climb Ball Mtn.
AD: 6-8 miles THE: 6,000′ AEG: 500′-2,600′ PMP: A-12/Hwy 97 T: 8:30 am.

Legend to the Schedule:
AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead.