Alturas, California is a small (2.5 square miles) city near the Oregon border, Modoc National forest, and the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge.
Both John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail pass Thousand Island Lake, giving hikers significant and scenic routes to chose from. There are a few ways to Thousand Island Lake from trailheads at Agnew Meadows (near Mammoth Lakes) like High Trail, which is an 8.75-mile long section of Pacific Crest Trail that is full of sweeping panoramas. Beyond the junction with John Muir Trail, hikers will definitely want to venture up a less formal trail along the shore of Thousand Island Lake to get the best views of the lake, bringing the out-and-back distance for a day hike to Thousand Island Lake to at least 18 miles. Read more…