Canyon Creek Lakes and L Lake (Backpacking)

OutAndBack • 16.5 mi • 4260 ft

A hiking companion posed this question on a recent trip, “What if you could hike only in one mountain range for the rest of your life, which would it be?” After careful thought, I firmly responded, “The Trinity Alps!” From dense, low-elevation coastal forests to glaciated granite peaks and everything in between, few other mountain regions possess the wide range of diversity found in the Trinities. The Canyon Creek Trail takes backpackers into the best of the Alps: sapphire-blue lakes, tumbling creeks, dramatic waterfalls, wildflowers, rugged granite peaks flanked by permanent snowfields, exquisite scenery, and splendid vistas are all here in abundance. Beyond the backpacking, peak-baggers, amateur naturalists, anglers, rock climbers, and cross-country enthusiasts will find diversions aplenty in the heart of the range. This is a popular trail by Trinity Alps standards—with good reason—but perhaps also is the best sampling of what makes this area so spectacular and so unique.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Weaverville
Length: 16.5 total miles
Elevation Gain: 4,260 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderately strenuous
Duration: 2 days
Season: Summer through early fall
Local Contacts: Trinity National Forest - permit required
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Mt. Hilton;
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The view was beautiful, but the weather did not cooperate. Too cold in October, but I will go back next summer to enjoy this great hike.

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