North Fork Trinity River to Grizzly Lake

Weaverville, California

North Fork Trinity River to Grizzly Lake Professional Review and Guide

"If I were handed the raw materials—blocks of granite, sweet clear water, permanent snowfields, idyllic meadows, majestic waterfall—and allowed to assemble them however I pleased, I would no doubt come up with something that looks very much like Grizzly Lake. Perched on a glacier-gouged shelf below 9,002-foot Thompson Peak, with a 100-foot waterfall cascading from its sheer outlet and jaw-dropping vistas everywhere you look, Grizzly Lake is like a Hollywood set designer’s vision of what a quintessential mountain lake should look like—but Grizzly is real. Highlights: An outstanding ramble along the idyllic North Fork Trinity River to heavenly Grizzly Lake."

North Fork Trinity River to Grizzly Lake Reviews

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The fire that burned through this area, burned quite a bit of the lower trail up to Grizzly Meadows. In some places this just meant that the ground was free from debris and the very bottoms of the trees were blackened, in other places it's so burned out that camping there is an ashy, and sometimes eerie, affair (although still entireley great, you're camping, right?). The majority of the first 15 miles are burned to some extent, though all of the cabins, mining ruins, etc, still look great. This trail was probably amazing before the fire; it's still very nice hiking, and will again be great in a few years. The trail description is correct, the hike in is very nice, and eveything with Grizzly in the name lives up to its reputation. Many people came in through the newer trail, which is another option.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
4,123 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Best mid June through October
3,070 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,000 feet
Top Elevation
Trinity Alps Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Thurston Peaks, Cecil Lake, and Thompson Peak; USDAFS Trinity Alps Wilderness
Local Maps