Stoney Ridge Trail

Weaverville, California

Stoney Ridge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"It’s a long haul up the Stoney Ridge Trail, and one could make a strong argument for using a less daunting route to reach the same destination (Long Canyon is the alternate path). But it’s precisely the unrelenting nature of this trail that makes it so appealing: the view from Stonewall Pass is all the more beautiful for every switchback you climb on the way up. At the end of the trail you find Echo Lake, one of the overlooked gems of the Trinity Alps, and ample reward for your effort. Highlights: A seldom-used trail (it’s steep and dry) that leads to beautiful Siligo Meadows and the Four Lakes Loop; most direct route to Echo Lake."

Stoney Ridge Trail Reviews

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7/30/2009
I absolutely loved hiking on this trail. it offers so many options a climb to at least 4-5 named peaks(Red mt.,Granite, Middle, Siligo,Gibson Peaks) 3 high passes, numerous lakes,amazing sunsets, lush meadows, abundant wildflowers and some pretty rare wildlife. I got a late 5:30 start,thunderstorms in the area kept temps bearable ,on good duff tread. 3 miles up I spotted a cinnamon colored black bear turning rocks over along the trail ahead of me.I got within 20 yards of it and hollered at him and he promptly took off down the hill.I made Stonewall Pass right at sunset planning to camp at echo lake, but didn't quite make it. Hardly a flat spot large enough for a tent in Van Mitre meadow, either. We stopped at Echo Lake the next morning before crossing little Stonewall pass. This would have been an even more epic sunset amphitheater. Once this next pass is achieved, a slight level reprieve is reached through Siligo Meadows. The contrast of color in this area is stunning. Red and golden hues of perodite with the granite peaks of Gibson and Siligo, lush green meadows. Stoney Ridge Trail terminates at Deer Creek Pass which begins the Four Lakes Loop. The second night was spent at Summit Lake in much better accomidations and a climb to Siligo Peak. Time constraints sent us (myself and trusty German Wirehaired Pointer) back down the next day. It would have been nice to stay another day and hike the loop, climbing Siligo captures the same views. Heading back is not too bad, the roughest and steepest pass is definitely Stonewall. Start early or be tough it is exposed to west facing sun all day.On the way back we took a quick scramble up Red Mt. with views of the entire route that was overcome. I would give this trail 5 stars but I didn't catch any fish at Summit Lake. Don't expect to be alone in the peak season even in the middle of the week.
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Trail Information

Weaverville
Nearby City
17
Distance
4,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Backpack
Duration
Best mid June through October
Season
4,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,700 feet
Top Elevation
Trinity Alps Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Siligo Peak, Covington Mill; USDAFS Trinity Alps Wilderness
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