Backpacking to Warren Lake (2 Days)
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- 14 mile roundtrip, overnight backpacking trip
- Spend the night next to picturesque Warren Lake
- Duration: 2 Days
The first 1.6 miles along the Pacifc Crest Trail is the same route to Summit Lake Trail. When you see the fork for Warren Lake and Summit Lake, head to the left. Although the Summit Lake trail looks easier, which it is, don't let that detour you. Start climbing up the 1,500ft incline then drop back down 1,500ft. The good news about grinding it out on the climb is that it usually keeps the crowds away. The trail climbs through the forest until you've reached 3 miles, where you get to a saddle that offers up a great view of where you're headed. The next 3.5 miles are down hill into a wide valley with an abundance of wildflowers. There is one final climb up to a ridge, which leads to a 1,000ft descent into to Warren Lake, where there are plenty of campsites. Pick your spot and start setting up camp! The return route the next day is the same way you came.
- Hiking Boots
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping pad
- Water filter
- Food for 2 days
- Trekking poles (optional)
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