Swift Creek

Weaverville, California

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Horseshoe and Ward Lakes, each perched in a secluded basin at the upper end of Swift Creek drainage, attract a fair number of visitors with the lure of good swimming and great scenery. But the hike up Swift Creek is worth doing even if you never make it to the lakes. Parker and Mumford meadows, situated along the banks of the river, together form one of the most enchanting chains of greenery in the Alps. The lush meadows extend for more than 3 miles along the north bank of Swift Creek and offer such an inviting array of wildflowers in summer, it may be hard to pull yourself away. The forest fringes around Mumford Meadow are popular basecamping sites from which to explore the surrounding area. You can day hike easily up to the lakes, as well as into the more remote meadows hanging above Swift Creek (Bear Basin, Mumford Basin, and meadows along Landers, Sunrise, and Parker Creeks). Highlights: An idyllic hike through a chain of sprawling meadows to the head of Swift Creek; good access to several lakes.

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"Horseshoe and Ward Lakes, each perched in a secluded basin at the upper end of Swift Creek drainage, attract a fair number of visitors with the lure of good swimming and great scenery. But the hike up Swift Creek is worth doing even if you never make it to the lakes. Parker and Mumford meadows, situated along the banks of the river, together form one of the most enchanting chains of greenery in the Alps. The lush meadows extend for more than 3 miles along the north bank of Swift Creek and offer such an inviting array of wildflowers in summer, it may be hard to pull yourself away. The forest fringes around Mumford Meadow are popular basecamping sites from which to explore the surrounding area. You can day hike easily up to the lakes, as well as into the more remote meadows hanging above Swift Creek (Bear Basin, Mumford Basin, and meadows along Landers, Sunrise, and Parker Creeks). Highlights: An idyllic hike through a chain of sprawling meadows to the head of Swift Creek; good access to several lakes."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Weaverville
Distance: 18.8
Elevation Gain: 3,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best mid June through October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,050 feet
Top Elevation: 7,000 feet
Local Contacts: Trinity Alps Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Siligo Peak, Covington Mill, Ycatapom Peak, Caribou Lake; USDAFS Trinity Alps Wilderness

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Jun 2018