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Bear Basin - Granite Lake Loop Professional Review and Guide
"This loop takes the scenic route to Granite Lake, a popular destination just 5.3 miles from the Swift Creek Trailhead. The lake sits in a dramatic granite cirque below Gibson Peak, and the short hike-to-spectacular scenery ratio draws the predictable weekend crowds. By taking this route around Seven Up Peak, you’ll travel through the comparative solitude of Bear Basin, then drop into the Granite Lake basin from above. The loop can be done in either direction, but hiking it this way allows you to hike down (instead of up) the steep trail between Seven Up Pass and Granite Lake. You also have the option of taking a side trip to Deer Creek and the Four Lakes Loop. Highlights: A scenic loop around 8,134-foot Seven Up Peak. Passes through seldom-seen Bear Basin and skirts popular Granite Lake; good access to Four Lakes Loop."
--Dennis Lewon, Hiking California's Trinity Alps Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
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