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Boulder Creek Lakes and Forbidden Creek Professional Review and Guide
"Boulder Creek Lakes is a collection of shallow pools and minilakes spread over a wide granite bench that hangs above the west side of the Canyon Creek drainage, just 2 miles off the crowded thoroughfare. The hanging cirque is protected by a sheer headwall the trail skirts on the north. It’s an impressive sight and makes for a strenuous climb up sunny, exposed switchbacks. Once there, you find a delightfully different setting than exists at Canyon Creek Lakes. While Boulder Creek Lakes may not be as stunning as its glamorous neighbors, neither will it stun the sensibilities with crowds. The basin gets a lot of sunshine, so the shallow water warms up earlier than most lakes, and smooth granite slabs offer abundant places to lie down in peace and quiet. If that’s not enough, the Forbidden Lakes hang hidden and mysterious in a concealed cirque above the basin. Who can resist a name like Forbidden Lakes? Highlights: A steep and scenic detour out of the Canyon Creek drainage. Though it’s a short distance from the most crowded trail in the Trinity Alps, this pretty little granite basin doesn’t get as much traffic as you might expect."
--Dennis Lewon, Hiking California's Trinity Alps Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
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