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

 

 

Salmon River

 

CAMPING

Camping – Main Stem Salmon River

Camping – North Fork Salmon River

Camping – South Fork Salmon River

Coastal Trail

  1. California Coastal Trail
  2. Hiking the Coastal Trail book by Rob Lorentzen and Richard Nichols
  3. Coastal Trail in Del Norte County
    1. Last Chance Section = 13 miles
    2. DeMartin Section = 12.6 miles
    3. Hidden Beach Section = 7.8 miles
  4. Coastal Trail in Humboldt County
    1. Gold Bluffs Beach Section
    2. Skunk Cabbage Section = 7.6 miles
    3. Redwood Creek Section
    4. Stone Lagoon Section
    5. Big Lagoon Section
    6. Patrick’s Point Section
    7. Stagecoach Road Section
    8. Little River and Clam Beach Section
    9. Hammond Trail
    10. Mad River Beach
    11. Lanphere Dunes
    12. Manila Dunes
    13. Samoa Dunes
    14. Bay Route
    15. Table Bluff Section
    16. Centerville Beach
    17. Mattole Road
    18. Lost Coast Trail
  5. Coastal Trail in Mendocino County
    1. Sinkyone Trail

Bigfoot Trail

  1. Bigfoot Trail Alliance
  2. 360 miles through 32 conifer species in the Klamath Mountains
  3. 8 sections of the Trail:
    1. Yolla Bolly – Middle Eel Wilderness = 33.6 miles
    2. Trinity River Region = 65.2 miles
    3. Trinity Alps Wilderness = 57 miles
    4. Russian Wilderness = 14.3 miles
    5. Marble Mountain Wilderness = 60.9 miles
    6. Red Buttes Wilderness = 41.3 miles
    7. Siskiyou Wilderness = 43.8 miles
    8. Redwood Forest Region = 40.3 miles 
  4. List of conifers species on Bigfoot Trail

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