Photo © Jean Hawthorne, US Forest Service
Welcome to the beauty of Ruth Lake located within the southern portion of Six Rivers National Forest, Mad River Ranger District. Ruth Lake, a designated Watchable Wildlife site and host to over 200 species of birds, is the largest body of water (approximately 7 miles long and 1 mile wide) located within the Forest boundary. It provides a vast array of recreational pursuits and fresh drinking water to the coastal cities and communities in the greater Humboldt Bay area of California. We invite you to take a short hike on the universally accessible Lakeside Trail providing spectacular views of the lake, bald eagles and osprey. The hike, although short, provides a diversity of vegetation types, thick stands of Douglas fir, oak grasslands and Manzanita fields. The trail also connects to other hiking trails providing added hiking adventure.
Access: From the intersection of State Highways 101 and 36, travel east on Hwy 36 49 miles to the intersection with County Road 501 (Ruth Lake Road) proceed on County Road 501 (Ruth Lake Road) to Fir Cove Campground (12.6 miles). Fir Cove Campground is on your right and the trail access is just beyond the entrance on your left. There are 4 parking spots for trail access and overflow parking at entrance spur of Fir Cove Campground.
Vertical Gain or Loss: 12 Feet
Trail Distance: 2200 Feet
The trail is ADA Accessible. The relatively flat, hardened surface is accessible by wheelchair.
Dogs are welcome on leash!