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    Bull Lake via PCT

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    12.7 km
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    446 m
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    Immerse yourself in the high country and reward yourself with awe-inspiring panoramas of the Klamath Mountain and the Cascade Range from the Bull Lake via PCT Hike. This amazing adventure above the clouds can be enjoyed by intermediate hikers and families with older children year-round.

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    Route Description for Bull Lake via PCT

    Leading you through wildflower abundant meadows, mixed-conifer forestlands, and granite gardens, the trail to the alpine lake is arguably more scenic than the mountain overlook from Bull Lake. Exhibiting the diversity and beauty of the alpine terrain, this stimulating trek will not disappoint. Note much of the route is exposed, so we encourage you to check the forecast and dress in layers as insurance against changing conditions.

    Setting out from the trailhead, the Bull Lake via PCT follows the PCT south, up a pair of switchbacks intersecting with Rail Creek. Soon after your departure, you will reach a saddle; from here, the path will guide you into the subalpine forestlands of mixed conifers. Enjoy the shade of the tree canopy while you can, as the path will soon open, exposing wonderful views and windy conditions.

    Eventually, you will reach the saddle above Bull Lake, which offers epic sights of the charming alpine lake below. Descend the rocky ridge to Bull Lake and rejuvenate your tired feet in the chilly alpine waters. Appreciate the panorama of the mountainous landscape from here, and when you are ready, retrace your footing along the path back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Bull Lake via PCT Trailhead

    Access this route via the PCT Trailhead off National Forest Development Road 41N08.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Dispersed Backcountry Camping

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    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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