Flat Horn Lake
0.0 This hike begins at the north end of the swimming beach
near the lake shore. The trail enters a white birch forest with an open canopy and scattered conifers (jack and white pines, balsam firs, and white cedars). After 200 yards, the canopy closes and the trail begins to gradually ascend.
0.5 A stand of tall red and white pine trees at the eastern end of the lake. A faint trail on the right heads off in a southeasterly direction. Continue on the main trail along the lake shore and cross bridge over a small, rushing river flowing out of the lake.
0.9 Pass a trail, part of the Flat Horn-Gegoka cross-country ski trail system, on the right.
1.0 A short spur trail on left leads to the lake shore opposite the recreation area on the other side of the lake. The remains of a small wooden dock can be seen from this spot about 20-30 feet to the left.
1.2 Pass a cross-country ski trail on the right. The circuit trail emerges from a predominantly pine forest into one of mature aspen and birch as it makes its way around the west end of the lake.
1.4 Pass an unmarked trail on the right.
1.5 Cross a bridge over a small river flowing into the lake.
1.6 The trail emerges from the forest and bears left along the edge of a clearing, eventually reaching the former site of the Environmental Learning Center. Continue along the road.
1.8 Turn off the road onto a trail entering the forest on the left. A post with a hiker symbol on it marks the trail. In about 200 feet pass a trail on the right and come to a bridge over the Little Isabella River.
2.0 The trail emerges from the forest at the south end of the swimming beach.
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