9 comments on “Gumboot Saddle: Two Hikes On The Pacific Crest Trail

  1. I’ve read a number of articles about hiking in the Pacific Northwest and they say the mosquitoes and flies can be a real problem. Any truth to that in your area? I remember car camping with my family from Anchorage all the way down the Al-Can Highway back in ’67 and mosquitoes were a nightmare. Nothing like mosquitoes and/or chiggers to put a damper on things.

    • It is true that the PNW does have some pretty horrendous mosquito hordes. I think that that is true at any mountain area that has a lot of lakes but I think it is worse in areas were the lakes are generally shallower like those found in the Oregon Cascades. Fortunately, the squiters aren’t bad in the Shasta area. They can be a bit pesky for a little while but then that is the end of it. I hiked into the Bear Lakes in the Trinity Alps a couple of days ago and I do not think I encountered a single mosquito. If you want a little further north to, say, the Sky Lakes Wilderness in Oregon, I assure you that the hordes of the little monsters would have been discouraging. In places where they are bad, they are typically gone by mid-to late July.

      • That’s one thing I do like about hiking in New Mexico, at least in the places I have been, is there are no mosquitoes. Had to deal with a few pesky flies when I went backpacking in San Pedro Parks, but no mosquitoes. And thank god there are no chiggers out here!

  2. Hello, Do you or anyone by chance have information on current conditions and access of these two areas? I am interested in backcountry camping Labor Day Weekend in either or both areas – or simply camping at Gumboot Lake and doing day hikes. Going with my family including 7 year old son, but he is a trooper and great hiker, and these hikes don’t sound tremendously strenuous. Also wondering if we arrive at Gumboot Lake Friday afternoon – given the busy Labor Day weekend if there are no available spots at Gumboot, how far in might there be adequate camping spots in the backcountry (in either direction.) Any thoughts on current conditions and/or backcountry camping feedback would be greatly appreciated!!

    • As of now, all trails in the Mount Shasta area are open. It is unlikely you will get a spot at Gumboot when you describe, though anything is possible. There are many places where you can camp along the Sacramento River between Gumboot and Lake Siskiyou. It is unlikely that every spot will be taken. You can also go above Gumboot Lake and camp at or around Mumbo Lake.

      • Thanks so much for your quick response, this is super helpful and love your site!

  3. A few other questions if possible… are you aware if there are decent backcountry camping spots around Upper and Lower Seven Lakes and/or Echo Lake? Or camping around Porcipine and/or Toad Lakes? And lastly, the road that leads straight towards Toad Lake, does it require 4-wheel drive? Thank you!

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