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These lakes are an excellent pair, located at the headwaters of the South Fork of the Scott River, and both considered to be Trinity Alps Lakes as they lie within the bounds of that wilderness area. They are best accessed via the Carter Meadows Summit Trailhead and the steep approach which follows, but can also be reached by the South Fork Trailhead. From Carter Meadows Summit, take the Pacific Crest Trail south to a junction where one turns right and begins to climb. Portions of this trail are uncomfortably steep for horsemen. Visitors on horseback should leave someone with the stock in the meadow basin located above the PCT and proceed on foot to the lakes.

Directions: From Fort Jones, Follow Highway 3 south for 25 miles to the Callahan-Cecilville Road turnoff (County Hwy. 1C02/93). Continue on this paved, two-lane road for another 10 miles to Carter Meadows Summit Trailhead.

Elevation: 5,700 feet

Distance: 5 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Klamath National Forest, California

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