This peaceful, yet demanding hike encompasses a variety of beautiful settings, including views of Corbus Lake, Steel Mountain, the Trinities, and the Sawtooths.  

Soon after driving past James CreekSummit while heading towards Atlanta, a sign with 'Corbus Lake'written on it should appear on the uphill side of the road. The beginningof a small trail should be right beside it. Hike up this trailthrough some dead trees until you reach the top of the first ridge. Atthis point, split from the trail and head south towards Bald Mountain, for thetrail would only lead you in the opposite direction. Hike uphill, parallelwith a small creek there, and cross it in a spot where there is eithersnow or fallen trees. Find a good area to descend the next major ridge, andthere you should find Corbus Lake. Then, head southeast andhike to the top of the steep ridge there. Continue up the ridgelineto the top of Bald Mountain, and find the small glass jar with apaper inside. Sign your name and date on the sheet, but be careful not to loseit in the wind. From here, you just need to hike down along the other ridgetoward where the hike began. If there is still some snow present, you can havefun sliding your way down!

The hike itself was very beautiful, and its rewardwas well worth the effort. Corbus Lake was truly a gem, forfew other lakes can compare to the water's crystalclarity. The top of Bald Mountain was also impressive; I could see all theplaces I know and love. The view of Bald Mountain's neighbor, Steel Mountain,was also a sight to behold. The mountain was covered with various wildflowers,and I encountered a few deer on my way back. However, the best part of the tripwas sliding down the snow on the northern ridge. It felt refreshing after along day of hiking.

Pack List

This hike doesn't demand very much in terms of supplies, but I would recommend the following:

  • Backpack
  • Multiple layers of clothing
  • Something to cover your ears (It gets windy)
  • Gloves
  • Fishing pole (Although you may catch nothing; I didn't see or catch any fish)
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • New pencil and paper for the jar
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RT Distance 4.1 Miles
Elevation Gain 1650 Feet
Activities Fishing, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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