China Gulch to Grizzly Lake

Callahan, California 96014

China Gulch to Grizzly Lake

China Gulch to Grizzly Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trip follows a shortcut to Grizzly Lake. The only positive aspect to the grueling, hot, and dry climb over the Salmon River divide is that at least there’s some shade on the north side. Get an early start to avoid climbing the open, brushy slope under the blistering afternoon sun.

The popularity of this route has grown exponentially during the last couple decades. Apparently, many backpackers don’t mind the combination of a long drive and a tough climb. Don’t expect to be alone during peak season."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
14 miles
5,540 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2-5 days
Mid-July to late September
Additional Use
Klamath National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Thompson Peak
Local Maps