Cliff and Terrace Lakes – A Frozen Perspective

This is another set of lakes with twins in close proximity. The better known pair are located in Lassen while the more elusive ones are to the west of Mt Shasta in an area bordered by the Shasta-Trinity Divide and The Eddies. This latter set of lakes are the ones I visited on this winter day.

The first lake passed en route is Cedar Lake, obviously very shallow.

Lower Cliff Lake looked inviting

Cliff Lake’s rock cirque includes Upper Cliff Lake, our final destination. This one should be called Middle Cliff Lake in my opinion.

Terrace Lake (the pointy ridge in the far background represents the Shasta-Trinity Divide).

Upper Cliff Lake (I’m guessing it would provide a nice spring waterfall off the far end)

Looking down at “Middle” Cliff, Lower Cliff and Cedar Lakes. The Eddies are the range furthest north.

Mt Shasta is visible just to the right of the previous photo.

Jan’s Tips:

  • Grab a topo map and your GPS
  • Access to these lakes is off of the main road to Gumboot Lake
  • Unless you have a serious 4×4, you’ll start with a rocky road rock hike, followed by a more gentle terrain until you reach Cliff Lake.
  • There is private property to the northwest of “Middle” Cliff Lake, therefore access to Terrace and Upper Cliff must be accessed via the eastern route.
  • To reach Terrace, you’ll find some cairns, but plan for route finding and some manzanita scrambling.
  • Finding Upper Cliff, at least in the snow, proved a bit more challenging. You have the choice of heading through the woods or up through the rocks. We ascended through the rocks and descended through the trees due to the slippery conditions.
  • Plan on 6+ miles round trip with about 1,000′ elevation gain.
  • You’ll find fire rings and feasible campsites at most of the lakes.
  • Due to the 4×4 access to the lower lakes, it may be a busy place in the summer.
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