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Located at the southern end of the Scott Valley, the terrain surrounding this mountain lake is typically steep with forested ridges breaking into alpine meadows and bare rock. Glacial cirques have created lakes such as this one at the headwaters of most streams in this part of the massive Trinity Alps Wilderness. Paradise Lake, although only two miles from the trailhead of that same name, lies at the end of a steep and strenuous hike. The lake is shallow with one deep hole and is recommended for kids eight years and older. For those who like a little more of a climb, there is King's Castle rock formation on the Pacific Crest Trail. Fishing and wildlife viewing abound.

Directions: From Fort Jones, Travel 14 miles down the Scott River Road (County Hwy. 7F01). Turn left onto Forest Service Road 44N45 and follow it for about 6 miles to the intersection with Forest Service Rd 44N44. Turn right onto this road and follow it north for about two miles to another intersection. Turn left here and continue on 44N44 for about four miles to the Paradise Trailhead.

Elevation: 6,200 feet

Distance: 2 miles

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Klamath National Forest, California

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