Description: The area on the north side of this shallow alpine lake is open for camping from June to October, depending on snow. There are at least 6 undeveloped sites (no tables) with user-created fire rings and a vault toilet. Bring your own water or purify the lake water. Suitable for tents and mid-size RV's or trailers. No fee. Usually opens around the end of May and closes due to snow by the first of November. Features: This is one of three alpine lakes on the district that can be reached by passenger car. The lake sits in a broad open bowl surrounded by grassy areas and mixed conifer forest. A smaller lake lies only a short distance to the west. Fishing and non-motorized boating are the most popular activities. Hikers can drive 2 miles from the lake to the Gumboot Trailhead to access the Pacific Crest Trail. Views of Mt. Shasta and the Trinity Alps abound. It is an easy 2 ½ miles (one-way) south on the PCT to view and explore the Seven Lakes Basin.
At a Glance
US Forest Service: Mt. Shasta Ranger Station, 204 West Alma, Mt. Shasta, Ca 96067, 530-926-4511
Directions: From Mt. Shasta city, head west on Lake Street over the freeway and to the stop sign at Old Stage Road. Turn left (south) and drive 1/4 mile to a fork in the road. Stay to the right at the fork and continue on this road (W.A. Barr Road). In 2 miles, you will cross the dam at Lake Siskiyou. Keep driving around the lake, past the entrance to the Lake Siskyou Camp Resort. Continue on this paved road (Forest Route 26) for approximately 10 miles. The road follows the canyon of the South Fork of the Sacramento River. It is narrow in places so use caution and watch of on coming vehicles. When you reach a fork in the road, take the road to the left 1/2 mile to Gumboot Lake.
Gumboot Campground has a total of 4 units. Average max. trailer size = 12 foot.
Dispersed camping opportunities near Gumboot Campground:
On South Fork Road (26), there are numerous dispersed sites. About two miles west of Lake Siskiyou is the National Forest boundary. About three miles from the Forest boundary is the first of two bridges you will cross. There are numerous sites located off spur roads on the right side of the road along this section. After the first bridge the road narrows and the canyon is steep for about 3 miles to the second bridge. Between the second bridge and Gumboot Lake is another 3 mile section with more sites located off spur roads on both sides of the road. There are also lots of sites around Gumboot Lake as well. Directions: From exit 738 off I-5, head west on Lake Street to the intersection with Old Stage Road. Turn left (south) then stay right at the fork in the road. In two miles you will cross the dam that forms Lake Siskiyou. Stay on the main road around the lake and past the Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort. In another two miles you will see the Forest Boundary sign. The road follows the canyon of the South Fork of the Sacramento River for the next eight miles. At the top of the watershed, there will be a fork in the road. The left fork goes .5 mile to Gumboot Lake; the right fork continues 1.5 miles to the Gumboot Trailhead for the Pacific Crest Trail.