Weekend Hiking Adventures

Russian Wilderness:

Marble Mountain Wilderness:

  • Marble Rim

Siskiyou Wilderness:

  • Bear Lakes
  • Buck Lake
  • Devil’s Punchbowl

Trinity Alps Wilderness

  • Boulder Lakes
  • Canyon Creek Lakes
  • Granite Lake
  • Lake Eleanor
  • Tangle Blue Lake
  • Hidden Lake
  • South Fork Lakes
  • Fish Lakes
  • East Weaver Lake
  • East Fork Lakes
  • Stoddard and McDonald Lakes
  • Long Gulch Lake
  • Trail Gulch Lake

 

Yolla Bolly Wilderness

  • North Yolla Bolly Lakee
  • Black Rock Lake

Day Hiking Adventures

Redwood National Park

  1. Damnation Creek – Redwood National Park
  2. James Irving Trail
  3. California Coastal Trail

Six Rivers National Forest

  1. Fish Lake – Six Rivers
  2. Horse Ridge National Recreation Trail
  3. Lacks Creek Mountain Biking
  4. Salmon Summit
  5. Skull Camp Trail
  6. Dan East Trail
  7. Grouse Creek Tractor Way
  8. Mad River Trail

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

  1. Bull Creek Flats
  2. Grasshopper Peak Lookout

Trinity Alps Wilderness

  1. Lake Eleanor

Russian Wilderness

  1. Statute Lake
  2. Bingham Lake

Bear Lakes – Siskiyou Wilderness

Bear Lakes are a moderate 3.15 miles to Bear Lake from the Elbow Springs Trailhead in Siskiyou Wilderness. The primary lake lies at an elevation of 4,850 feet with a small pond above it, while the harder-to-reach Lower Bear Lake is a steep cross-country scramble drop to 4,300 feet. The Bear Lake Trail doesn’t appear to have a number or official name, but is located off the Kelsey Creek National Recreation Trail #4204 near Clear Creek on Highway 96 in Northern California.

Oregonnator.com appears to have a recent photo of the burn and lakes, and a good description of Bear Lakes and vicinity:

USFS – Siskiyou Wilderness

Bear Lakes – Zach’s Adventures Article

Bear Lakes – Oregonnator Blog Post

  • 2.85 miles one-way, 1.5 hours hiking time

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)

 

 

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