Mid-Elevation Lakes (6,000 – 6,500 ft)

Lakes between ~6,000 – 6,500 ft elevation:

Trinity Alps Wilderness Lakes

  1. Fish Lake (6,000 ft)
  2. Granite Lake (6,000 ft)
  3. Union Lake (6,050 ft)
  4. Log Lake (6,100 ft)
  5. Sapphire Lake (6,100 ft)
  6. Big Boulder Lake (6,100 ft)
  7. McDonald Lake (6,100 ft)
  8. Alpine Lake (6,150 ft)

Russian Wilderness Lakes

  1. Sugar Lake (5,800 ft)
  2. Hogan Lake (5,950 ft)
  3. Lipstick Lake (6,350 ft)
  4. Big Duck Lake (6,400 ft)
  5. Upper Ruffey Lake (6,400 ft)
  6. Paynes Lake (6,450 ft)
  7. Taylor Lake (6500 ft)
  8. Lower Russian Lake (6500 ft) – XC

 

Low Elevation Lakes (Under 6,000 ft)

Low elevation drive-up lakes (under 6,000 ft):

Trinity Alps Wilderness Lakes

  1. Ruth Lake – Shasta-Trinity National Forest

 

Low elevation hike-in lakes (under 6,000 ft):

Trinity Alps Wilderness Lakes

  1. Lake Eleanor (4,950 t)
  2. Emerald Lake
  3. Canyon Creek Lake
  4. Upper Canyon Creek Lake (5,690 ft)
  5. Boulder Creek Lake (5,750 ft)
  6. Tangle Blue Lake (5,800 ft)
  7. Big Bear Lake (5,800 ft)
  8. Stoddard Lake (5,900 ft)
  9. East Fork Lake (5,900 ft)

Russian Wilderness Lakes

  1. Sugar Lake (5,850 ft)
  2. Hogan Lake (5,950 ft)

 

Hikes between 6,000 – 7,000 ft elevation:

Trinity Alps Wilderness Lakes

  1. Fish Lake
  2. Granite Lake
  3. Union Lake
  4. Log Lake
  5. McDonald Lake
  6. Sapphire Lake
  7. Alpine Lake
  8. Big Boulder Lake

Russian Wilderness Lakes

  1. Lipstick Lake (6,350 ft)
  2. Horseshoe (6,400 ft)

Siskiyou Wilderness Lakes

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

 

 

Popular Driveup Lakes 

Popular drive-up lakes:

  1. Trinity Lake – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  2. Lake Shasta – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  3. Whiskeytown Lake – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  4. Ruth Lake – Six Rivers National Forest
  5. Castle Lake – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  6. Fish Lake – Six Rivers National Forest

Popular drive-up brackish water bodies:

  1. Big Lagoon
  2. Freshwater Lagoon
  3. Stone Lagoon
  4. Lake Earl

 

Hikes to lakes within one mile of the parking area:

  1. Kangaroo Lake – Klamath National Forest
  2. Kelly Lake – Siskiyou Wilderness ().25 miles)
  3. Taylor Lake – Russian Wilderness
  4. Buck lake – Siskiyou Wilderness