Hiking California's Trinity Alps Wilderness
by Dennis Lewon (Falcon Guides)
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We did this hike three nights with 2 half days on either end. I really enjoyed it and the grade was fairly easy the whole way. The most hectic thing was the river crossings and trying to keep feet dry I highly recommend a pair of river sandals! Papoose lake is beautiful and we even swam although there was still a little snow on the edges. The final 3 miles of this hike are really stunning and rival any of the scenary in the Trinity Alps but since you are walking in trees most of the other 11 miles I did however find the scenery up Rattlesnake Creek a little monotonous. We saw three Rattlesnakes two Racers, one Night snake and one Salamander, so I guess thats where the creek gets its name. Plenty of signs of bear but we didn't see any.
Beautiful, challenging, steep for last three miles. Flat for the first ten miles. Goes through many old mining artifacts and amazing earth movement remnants. have a great hike you will love. make sure to stop at Stickney Camp at the mill creek crossing.
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