Clear Lake Trail – South Warner Wilderness
Location: Modoc National Forest, Cedarville, CA
Length: 1.8 miles
Features: Hiking trail, waterfalls, dogs allowed, family friendly
About the South Warner Wilderness.
The South Warner Wilderness inside the Modoc National Forest has been considered as the Switzerland of northeastern California because of its snow capped mountain peaks, volcanic rocks, creeks, lakes, and variety of wildlife. It is located in the southeast part of the Warner Mountain Ranger District, Cedarville, California. Spanning 18 miles and 8 miles wide, it was made into the South Warner Primitive Area in 1931. It boasts of 7 high mountain peaks, 10 lakes and a total of 77 miles of trail available for hiking and horseback riding. Trails are elevated along the range of 7,000 to 9,000 feet. A portion of it is dedicated for state game refuge.
Clear Lake Trail is a quick 2.9-kilometer out and back trail suitable for all skill level hikers and bikers. It is one of the 8 trail head locations that can be taken to go inside South Warner Wilderness. It spans along the Clear Lake, continues to the Poison Flat Trail, and ends near Mill Creek Campground. Best to take this trail from May until September when the lake is clear and sparkling.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Take a side trip
If you have enough time, you can take a side trip on a spur trail to the left going towards Mill Creek Falls.
2) Bring your family along
This trail has been certified to be family-friendly. Hikers can even bring dogs on leash.
3) Stop by the waterfalls
You will notice a half mile tall waterfall along the way. Take a breather and maybe take some pictures there.