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The North Yolla Bolly Lake Trail starts at Rat Trap Gap Trailhead and contours to the west passing through or by several small streams and meadows. At approximately 1.75 miles, the trail enters the Yolla Bolly Wilderness and shortly thereafter crosses the South Fork Beegum Creek. From here, the trail climbs in elevation, along a series of steep side hills and rock walls to North Yolla Bolly Lake. Some of these rock walls are dangerous for stock. From North Yolla Bolly Lake, the trail climbs steeply for a short distance to a small ridge top then drops downhill to Pettijohn Basin and its junction with #10W36 (Pettijohn Trail) where it ends. The trail has some moderately steep places and plenty of water.

Directions: From Harrison Gulch Ranger Station, The Rat Trap Trailhead can be reached by following Highway 36 west 7 miles to the Wildwood Mad River Road (#30). Turn left (south) and travel about ten miles to Pine Root Saddle. Turn left (east) on road 29N35 and travel 11.4 miles to Stuart Gap. Continue on road 29N35 for another 4.3 miles to Rat Trap Gap at the junction with Road 45.

Elevation: 6,900 feet

Ending Elevation: 3,900 feet

Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet

Distance: 4 miles

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

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Shasta-Trinity National Forests, California

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