Granite Peak Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lewiston, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Directions from Weaverville: The Weaverville Ranger District office is located along Main Street in Weaverville, California. Maps and information available.
Strenuous is right, but if you want a great workout with a reward of great views, here it is. It's a little longer, but you can access the peak via the Stoney Ridge Trail, too.
A good benchmark for what "strenuous" is, with a magnificent view to pay off at the summit. A leg burner, to be sure, with what seem to be endless switchbacks. My GPS showed it to be closer to 6 miles of actual hiking than 4.5... (and it felt like it, too!).....to the summit. Complete solitude, beautiful flowers. Water is available for purifying at perfect intervals at two granite bottomed stream crossings. My boxer was dragging butt, but a dog friendly trail. I will go back and sleep at the peak next time. A good workout hike.
Great day-hike destination that will offer beautiful views of the Trinity Alps, Mt Shasta, Lassen Peak, and Trinity Lake. All uphill climb to the peak and the trail is in fairly good shape.