North Fork Trinity River to Grizzly Lake Backpacking

Weaverville, California

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Starting at an elevation near 3000 feet, with the possibility of reaching 9002 feet on top of Thompson Peak, the Trinity Alps highest summit, this route exposes visitors to the diversity for which the area is renowned. For the first 10 miles the elevation gain is a paltry 1000 feet, as the trail follows the gentle route of the North Fork Trinity River and lower Grizzly Creek through a wide range of trees, ferns, and flowers. Along the way are a number of old cabins and plenty of leftover relics from the mining days. The last 7.5 miles gain nearly 6000 feet, passing through mixed conifer and red fir forests, and mountain meadows on the way to extraordinarily scenic, subalpine Grizzly Lake nestled into a granite cirque below jagged Thompson Peak.
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by Author varies by trail (Wilderness Press)

Starting at an elevation near 3000 feet, with the possibility of reaching 9002 feet on top of Thompson Peak, the Trinity Alps highest summit, this route exposes visitors to the diversity for which the area is renowned. For the first 10 miles the elevation gain is a paltry 1000 feet, as the trail follows the gentle route of the North Fork Trinity River and lower Grizzly Creek through a wide range of trees, ferns, and flowers. Along the way are a number of old cabins and plenty of leftover relics from the mining days. The last 7.5 miles gain nearly 6000 feet, passing through mixed conifer and red fir forests, and mountain meadows on the way to extraordinarily scenic, subalpine Grizzly Lake nestled into a granite cirque below jagged Thompson Peak.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Weaverville
Distance: 35
Elevation Gain: 6,925 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4-7 days
Season: Summer through early fall
Local Contacts: Trinity Alps Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Thurston Peaks, Cecil Lake, and Thompson Peak; U.S. Forest Service A Guide to the Trinity Alps Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork Trinity River to Grizzly Lake (Backpacking)

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