Hike Difficulty: moderate
Hike Length: 8.31 mi RT
Elevation Gain: 1447 ft
Highest Point: 5719 ft
Time: 3 hrs 24 mins
My Rating (out of 5): 4.5 – This was a beautiful trek through the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Shackleford Trailhead is a place where hikers park their cars and horse riders park their trailers. There are seasonal cattle moving through the area in the fall, also, so there was a lot of poop to deal with. Shackleford, however, is very important because it is the entry point to get to Campbell, Cliff, and Summit Lakes. The whole loop is over 13 miles, which was too much for my friend, so I figured I wouldn’t be able to explore it all in one day.
The hike itself is pretty mild, especially the start. It is shady and runs along the creek most of the time. We had to cross muddy spots pretty often since everything was running downhill toward the creek below us.
Eventually, we came to a fork in the trail where we could go right to Log Lake (tiny), or left to Campbell and possibly Cliff Lakes. I was trying to convince my friend that after we reached Campbell we would feel ready to take on more and go the extra 1.1 miles to Cliff Lake, but it didn’t work. We did, however, see some bear footprints in the mud on Campbell Lake’s shore.