Charlton Lake Trail #3593

This trail leaves the Waldo Lake Trail near Islet Campground, crosses Forest Road 5898 and continues on toward Forest Road 5897 on a moderate grate where it crosses the road and heads toward Forest Road 4290. Crossing this road, the trail continues on to Charlton Lake. The Pacific Crest Trail is crossed just before reaching the lake.

Charlton Lake is a popular, non-motorized fishing lake. There are several good campsites on the western shore. Most people access this lake by driving to the trailhead on Forest Road 4290 and walking the 0.25 miles to the lake. Several interesting day hikes can be made on adjacent trails. The forest consists of mountain hemlock and pacific silver fir.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This trail is in an area impacted by the Cedar Creek Fire. Before visiting areas affected by wildfire, make sure to review the 4 Steps for Safety for recreating in burned areas.
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Crescent Junction
Information Center: Middle Fork Ranger Station

General Information

General Notes:

Map of Charlton Lake trail


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Area/Length : 
2.2 miles

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  Elevation : 
5400 feet - 5700 feet