Red Cap Lake and Salmon Mountain are two of Humboldt’s premier high-country destinations. Either makes a fine day-hike destination on its own. It used to be possible to link them as a loop but, sadly, the connecting trail is now too overgrown for me to recommend, though an intrepid hiker might still be able to follow the route. Most of the hike is in dense fir and cedar forest, but where it opens up the views are spectacular, extending east to Mt. Shasta and west to the Pacific. Salmon Mountain is the highest point in the county.
Six Rivers National Forest Orleans Ranger District: 530-627-3291