- Upper Salmon Lake Trail is an easy 2 mile trail at an elevation of 6,500 feet. This trail, like the Deer Lake Trail, terminates at Deer Lake. However, this is a slightly shorter hike than the Deer Lake Trail. The first half mile is relatively flat as it skirts the east side of Upper Salmon Lake and passes through Salmon Lake Lodge. After crossing Horse Lake Creek the trail heads south past Horse Lake and climbs through a series of steep switch backs. It soon reaches a saddle where it merges with the Deer Lake Trail. This point provides a panoramic view of Horse Lake and Upper Salmon Lake, with a massive glacial moraine in the background. Another 0.2 miles brings you to beautiful Deer Lake, an ideal place to picnic and fish.
The trail also provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail at the ridge, 0.2 miles before reaching Deer Lake. The PCT access route is clearly marked. If transportation can be arranged, hikers may wish to return to the Deer Lake Trailhead near Packer Lake. See the description for Deer Lake Trail for details. Salmon Lake Lodge has no restaurant or other facilities for hikers.
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