Paradise Lake (Marble Mt. Wild.)

Rating (Out of 5): 4.0

Location: Fort Jones/Yreka, Calif.

Distance: 4 miles round-trip

Difficulty: moderate

Camping: Yes at Paradise Lake

Quick hit: This short up steep trail lead hikers into the northern section of the Marble Mountain Wilderness. The lake is very small but scenic, and tucked up against the 7,405 foot peak of King's Castle. The trail to Paradise Lake connects with the Pacific Crest Trail and provides access to the rest of the Marble Mountain Wilderness that you'll want a map to explore for more than one day. A map can be bought at the Scott River Ranger Station in Fort Jones, Calif.

Directions: From Grants Pass, drive south on Interstate 5 into California and take exit 773 south of Yreka, Calif. Follow Highway 3 for 16 miles to Fort Jones. Turn right on Scott River Road for 14.1 miles and follow pointers for Indian Scotty Campground. Follow paved road 44N45 for 5.6 miles to a junction. Following a pointer for Paradise Lake, go straight on gravel road 44N44 for 6.9 miles to the Paradise Trailhead, staying right at a fork at the 5.5 mile mark.

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