Blue Lake Trail

photo: Modoc National Forest - Blue Lake Boating Site. Photo by USFS.

Length: 1.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: In Modoc National Forest, at Blue Lake Campground, 13 mi. E of Likely.
State(s): California
Longitude: -120.6428246
Latitude: 39.36034779

Driving Directions

Blue Lake Campground is located 16 miles from the small community of Likely. From Highway 395, turn east on forest service road 64.


The Blue Lake National Recreation Trail is 1.5 miles long, beginning at the Blue Lake Campground, the trail continues around the west side of the lake to the boat ramp. At least 90 percent of the trail is shaded by picturesque white fir and massive ponderosa pine trees. Deer tracks on the trail often outnumber hikers' tracks. Tree squirrels, ducks, geese, loons and hawks are frequently seen by hikers while walking the trail. The Blue Lake National Recreation Trail is closed to all motorized vehicles

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Chris Bielecki, PE
Forest Engineer & Recreation Staff Officer
Modoc National Forest
225 W 8th St.
Alturas, CA 96101
(530) 233-8850
[email protected]



Modoc National Forest - Blue Lake Boating Site. Photo by USFS.

Modoc National Forest - Blue Lake Boating Site. Photo by USFS.


Blue Lake is Amazing!!

This is one of the better lakes to visit in Northern California! Most of the trail is paved making it very easy to follow, and it does not change elevation drastically. 10/10 would recommend to others.

March 7, 2022



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