Trinity Alps Trails

Trinity Alps Wilderness

USFS Trinity Alps Wilderness – Trails and Lake Information

Northern California Hiking Trails Blog

Easy Trails 

  • Lake Eleanor & Shimmy Lake – Easy 4.25 miles
    • 1/2 mile to Lake Eleanor
    • 3.75 miles to Shimmy Lake
  • Big and Little Boulder Lakes
  • Boulder Lakes
  • Union Creek to Union Lake
  • Slide Creek (First 2 miles)
  • East Fork New River (First 4 miles)
  • Pacific Crest Trail
  • Stoddard Lake from Highway 3
  • New River (First 3 miles)
  • Stuarts Fork
  • Tangle Blue Lake
  • North Fork Trinity River (First 10 miles form Hobo Gulch Trailhead)

Short Trails (Under 5 miles) 

  • East Weaver Lake – 1.5 miles
  • Big Lake & Little Boulder Lake – 2 miles
  • Long Gulch – 2 miles
  • Trail Gulch = 3.5 miles
  • Adams Lake – Steep 2.5 miles
  • Stoddard & McDonald – Moderate 3.5 miles
  • Tangle Blue Lake – 4 miles
  • Lake Eleanor & Shimmy Lake – Easy 4.25 miles
    • 1/2 mile to Lake Eleanor
    • 3.75 miles to Shimmy Lake
  • Granite Peak – Very steep 4.75 miles
    • Panoramic views of Trinity Alps

Moderate Trails – Good condition

  • Boulder Creek Lakes Trail (Canyon Creek) – 7.5 miles
  • Canyon Creek Trail – 8 miles
  • Caribou Lakes Trail – 10 miles
  • Eagle Creek Trail
  • North Fork Coffee Creek Trail
  • Swift Creek
  • New River Area
  • Salmon Summit
  • French Creek
  • East Fork Coffee Creek trail
  • South Fork Coffee Creek Trail
  • Horseshoe Lake – 9 miles
  • Deer Creek Basin and Four Lakes Loop = 8 miles / 14 miles
  • Diamond Lake = 9.5 miles / 16.5 miles
  • Emerald and Sapphire – 15 miles

Medium Trails (5-10 miles)

  • Big Bear Lake – Moderate 5 miles
  • Long Gulch & Trail Gulch Loop – 6 miles
  • Sugar Pine Lake – Difficult 5.5 miles
    • Good basecamp for Union, Foster, Conway and Lion Lakes
  • Canyon Creek Lakes – Moderate 7 miles
  • Horseshoe Lake – 9 miles
  • Caribou Lakes – 10 miles
  • Long Canyon & Bowerman Meadows – Steep
  • Union Lake – 6 miles
    • Good basecamp for Landers, Foster, Parker Divide
  • Swift Creek to Landers, Ward and Horseshow Lakes –

Long Trails (10+ miles)

  • Stuart Fork to Sapphire Lake – 15 miles
  • Hobo Gulch to Papoose Lake
  • Trinity Alps High Route

Difficult Trails

Solitude Trails

  • Eagle Creek area
  • New River, Denny area
  • Packers Peak
  • Limestone Ridge
  • Rush Creek Lakes
  • North Fork of Swift Creek, Poison Canyon

Loop Trails

  • Swift Creek to Granite Lake, 7-up Peak, Bear Basin, out Swift Creek (moderate 4-5 days)
  • Swift Creek to Parker Meadow, Mumford Meadow, Landers Lake, Union Creek Parker Creek, out Swift Creek (moderate 5-6 days)
  • East Fork New River to Poiny Creek, Mullane Coral, High Prairie, Limestone Ridge, Blue Ridge, out East Fork New River (moderate 5-6 days)
  • East Fork Coffee Creek to Stoddard Meadows, Doe Lake, Granite Lake, out North Fork Coffee Creek (moderate 5-6 days)
  • Long Canyon to Deer Lake, Four Lakes Trail, out Long Canyon (difficult 4-5 days)
  • Long Canyon to Four Lakes Trail, Deer Creek, Morris Meadows, out Stuart Fork (moderate to difficult 6-7 days, with 15 miles car shuttle)
  • New River to Slide Creek, Eagle Creek, Battle Creek, Old Denny, Slide Creek, out New River Trail (moderate to difficult 4-6 day hike)

 

 

Alpine, Smith and Morris Lakes

Alpine & Smith Lakes – Trinity Alps Wilderness

  • Distance = ~22 miles
    • Stuart Fork Trailhead to Alpine Lake = 8 miles one-way
    • Stuart Fork Trailhead to Smith Lake – 10 miles one-way
    • Stuart Fork Trailhead to Alpine Lake = 17.4 miles roundtrip
    • Alpine Lake to Smith Lake = 4 miles roundtrip
    • Smith Lake to Morris Lake = ? miles roundtrip
  • Season: Mid July – Late September
  • Recommended Route: Stuart Fork Trailhead to?
  • Difficult Trail – Steep Climb
  • Stuart Fork Trailhead
    • Highway 3, Stuart Fork Arm of Trinity Lake
    • 3.5 miles to Stuart Fork Trailhead
    • Bridge Campground nearby
  • Cross Stuart Fork @ 5 miles in from Stuart Fork Trailhead – Dangerous in high water or after rain
  • 2,600 foot climb from Oak Flat to Alpine Lake over 2.5 miles = 4 hours
    • Last 2 miles are steep and exposed
    • Water at 1.75 miles from Oak Flat where trail meets outlet
  • Alpine Lake (14 acres) – Brook Trout
    • 3 campsites at lower end of Alpine Lake
    • Fishing is better in Stuart Fork than Alpine Lake
  • Trail to Smith & Morris Lakes – 2 miles
    • Easier to day-hike due to steep terrain and bushwhacking
      • 1/2 day for 2 miles with backpacking bag
    • Trinity Alps Photo Blog – Smith and Morris Lakes
    • Avoid during lightening storm
    • Smith Lake @ 6,950 feet (24 acres) – Rainbow and Brook Trout
      • Camping on eat shore, north of outlet crossing
        • Camping better up at Morris
    • Morris Lake (? acres) – ? miles
      • Camping on west shore near inlet
  • There is an alternative route to Smith & Morris from Canyon Creek Trail or Morris Meadows

Graph of Climb from Oak Flat to Alpine Lake – from Jan’s Jaunts Blog

Graph of Climb from Alpine Lake to Smith Lake- from Jan’s Jaunts Blog