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Backpacking Trinity Alps

-Backpacking Trinity Alps-

Come join the NorCal Snowboarders crew for 2 nights at Trinity Alps. (Overnighter is optional as well, however not recommended due to the far destination). 

Rising between the Coast Range and the Shasta-Lassen stretch of the Cascades in Northern California, the Trinities are a landscape of imposing alpines, lush forested valleys, serene glacial lakes and cascading creeks


Canyon Creek Lakes Trail

Canyon Creek Lakes Trail is a 14-16 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail  that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail. 

The Canyon Creek watershed is the most popular destination for hiking and backpacking in the Trinity Alps. During the summer months more than five waterfalls can be seen or heard from the trail to the Canyon Creek Lakes. During late spring and early summer over 50 waterfalls can be found in this watershed, some of which require backcountry travel to observe. On calm days the lakes in this area become near perfect mirrors and reflect the surrounding peaks and clouds

The Trinity Alps Wilderness is a bastion of many wildlife species, and Canyon Creek is no exception. The largest of animals in the area are black bear, mountain lions, and black tailed deer. At night many visitors can hear and see deer walk into their camp searching for any source of salt they can find. These deer are known for licking and tearing clothes that have been exposed to sweat. Osprey are also frequently observed in Canyon Creek and throughout the rest of the Trinity Alps. Nearly every night at dusk, when conditions are clear, an osprey can be seen and heard fishing at the lakes. A pair of binoculars can make this a very cool show

Canyon Creek Lakes

Route details - Please Read

OPTION 1: Depart Friday August 25th, hike in, stay 2 nights and return Sun August 27th (Recommended!)

OPTION 2: Depart Saturday AM July 15th, hike in, do an overnight stay and return Sun July 16th

Permit / Parking COST: 0$, No Permit / Parking Pass required

CARPOOL: $60 (5 hour drive 1 way)



TRAILHEAD ELEV.: 3,100 ft (945 m)

NET ELEV. GAIN: 3,500 ft (1,067 m)

TRAIL USES: Hiking, Horseback

TRAIL TYPE: There-and-back



• Hiking boots 

• Water  

• Bear Can 

• Water Filter 

• Tent 

• Sleeping Bag / Sleeping pad 

• Food 

• Sunscreen

• Jet Boiler