Lovers Camp Trailhead


Area Status: Open

The Lover's Camp Trailhead is the starting point for popular hikes to Marble Valley, Sky High Lakes, Red Rock Valley, Little Elk Lake and Deep Lake. The Canyon Creek Trail connects with the PCT. Be sure to park in area designated and not in campsites. Trails into higher elevations may have snow well into June.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Canyon Creek trail open to Marble Valley, both trails to the Sky Highs, and to Big Elk Lake. PCT open less than a mile either direction from Marble Valley, possibly further pending volunteer crew's efforts.
Fees: No fee
Permit Info: No wilderness permits are required for day or overnight stays in the marble Mountain Wilderness. A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside developed campgrounds. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire. No permit is required for a campfire in designated fire rings in the campground subject to local fire restrictions.
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Water and garbage service are not provided. Bring enough water for drinking, cooking and washing as well as extra water to drown campfires each day. Please take all trash, garbage, fish guts and dog droppings with you when you leave. Dogs on leash only in parking lot and developed areas. Do not tie horses to trees, living or dead. Do not tie horses to corral rails or posts. Keep horses away from the creek. Avoid damage to creek bank.
Closest Towns: Fort Jones 24 miles
Water: Water for horses only, Not for Drinking
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: From Ft. Jones, take the Scott River Rd for approx. 14 miles to the Indian Scotty campground. Continue on the paved road (FS 44N45) and follow the signs for 8 miles to the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Day Hiking

The Lover's Camp Trailhead is the starting point for popular hikes to Marble Valley, Sky High Lakes, Red Rock Valley, Little Elk Lake and Deep Lake. The Canyon Creek Trail takes day hikers to Marble Valley. This hike is 9 miles round trip or just enjoy the first mile or two up Canyon Creek. Be sure to park in area designated and not in campsites. Day hikers should always yield to horses and livestock on the trail. Speaking to horses in a quiet voice will help them stay calm as they pass you.
Fire Information A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside the developed campground. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Backpacking

The Lover's Camp Trailhead is the starting point for popular backpacking trips into the Marble Mountain Wilderness and to Marble Valley, Sky High Lakes, Red Rock Valley, Little Elk Lake and Deep Lake. The Canyon Creek Trail connects with the PCT. Be sure to park in area designated and not in campsites. Backpackers should always yield to horses and livestock on the trail. Speaking to horses in a quiet voice will help them stay calm as they pass you.
Fire Information A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside the developed campground. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Horse Camping

The trailhead is adjacent to the campground with corrals and serves as a staging area for wilderness trips into the Marble Mountains. The Forest Service requests and recommends bringing certified weed free feed for horses entering the wilderness.
No. of Sites 8
Reservation Info Reservations not available. All sites are first come, first served.
Size Restrictions Corrals at the horse camp only. No corrals in the back country along the trails.
Fire Information A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside the developed campground. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.
Corrals Corrals at the horse camp only. No corrals in the back country along the trails.
Loading Ramp Yes at the campground.
Watering Tank Stock water only at camp and along the trails.
No. of Accessible sites None
Hitching Rails Yes. Do not tie horses to trees living or dead. Do not tie to corral rails or posts.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Horse Riding

In addition to the campground with corrals, the trailhead has day use parking for hikers and horse trailers. This trailhead serves day riders and overnight horse trips into the Marble Mountains Wilderness. A long loop is popular from here. Head up the Canyon Creek Trail about 4 miles, then turn east through Sky High Valley and return home north through Red Rock Valley along the Red Rock Creek Trail for a total of about 15 miles. Be sure to take a good map with you. The Forest Service requests and recommends bringing certified weed free feed for horses entering the wilderness.
Size Restrictions Four very large corrals
Corrals Four very large corrals
Hitching Rails Yes. Do not tie horses to trees living or dead. Do not tie to corral rails or posts.
Water Availability Horse Water
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
41.5951

  Longitude : 
-123.1422

  Elevation : 
4300'