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It’s pretty fun with great waterfalls.

hiking
1 month ago

Not much hiking but plenty of relaxing. Good vibes (and not many people on a sunny November day). Will be back in the summer to swim.

I underestimated the difficulty of this trail and busted both my knees doing it all in a one day hike with no trekking poles. I however don’t regret the majestic reward for completing it.

I'll admit I was unsure of the trails quality for the first half of the detoured loop, a detour because a good third of the stated loop is rendered unhike-able. Once we reached the waterfalls, though, wow. After the waterfall (moving counter-clock) you reach the trail's maximum elevation where the terrain shifts suddenly from the damp redwood covered valley floor to dry granite ridges.



Nature rocks.

Views are awesome and very comfortable trail. Gets steep toward the end and somewhat sketchy. Hard coming down since its a constant decline.

hiking
1 month ago

unique area with great views. Leave dog at home:(

hiking
1 month ago

WOW, WOW WOW!!! Short but sweet.

Absolutely fun hike. A must for anyone with an itch for nature and to escape.

My group and i camped around 9,600 ft. There’s a wonderful area that blocks the wind which made for fairly comfortable sleeping conditions. That being said, from a few hundred feet before that and on, it becomes 2 steps forward and 1 step back. The closer you get to the summit flat, it’s much more of a climb/scramble than a hike. This was the first mountain i climbed but was so incredible. No greater feeling than getting to the summit!!

We did this on Saturday, 9/15 and was amazing. Love it. The parking lot does get crowded, but the trails aren’t. So, it was lovely and mostly shaded.

hiking
2 months ago

Great short walk to get down to the falls. Little hidden gem tucked away in the middle of Northern California forest. Very shaded beautiful little swimming area in the creek below the falls before it journeys on down to the Pit River arm of Shasta Lake.
Off the beaten path to get to trail head, but worth the drive if you want to pack a lunch and enjoy a quiet scenic drive to a secluded little trail to Potem Falls.

I hike often and am relatively fit (mid 20s, female, athletic) and this trail took 3 hours to complete with a bit of trail running and a light pack. Paid $10 for parking at the trailhead. It’s a pretty waterfall and hiking through the redwoods was gorgeous. Recommend arriving early so you have the trail to yourself. Slightly difficult to navigate with trail closures so grab a free map at the visitor center!

2 months ago

Loved it!!!

I can second others that the sandbars are too much for a 2 wheel drive vehicle or one with low clearance. As an alternative for those who have sedans, you can park 1.5 miles from the trailhead (where Google maps terminate the road) where the first arrow sign says "Clear Creek Trailhead." I camped there as well.

As for the trail, it gets very difficult past the campsite, requiring a lot of perseverance to summit the mountain. Be prepared to have your feet slide back down half way for every step up. I did it in a day setting out at 6 am. If you are dayhiking it, make sure to pack a good windbreaker, warm synthetic layers, 2+L water, a water purifier, and food.

I gave this 4 stars because of how much traffic there was when we were there. We thought we wouldn't run into too many people due to the time of year and remote location. But there were literally 7 different parties of groups more than 5 people in each party. Everyone was nice, but we like minimal people when we go backpacking, as does everyone I guess :) but I guess maybe they all had the same ideas as we did? lol. :)

Start early in the morning. We started at 10 and we made it to the meadow after 7 hours of hiking. We are in decent shape, however we packed way too much weight. Each of us were carrying nearly 60 lbs! Way way way too much. There are spots to fill up with water once in the gulch, but the trail does steer away from the creek for a long while. I recommend refilling water bottles once you get to the first established campground at the bottom of the decent. Then you should be good to the next watering spot. Like others said before, the CCC did an awesome job clearing the trial! Thanks for the hard work CCC! The meadow is nice, as there were various campsites along the creek. We were worried that we would be close to all the other people, but we weren't. The first night we had two black bears check us out. We had a large dog with us, that warned us of them. They did not mess with us, but be prepared for large wildlife! After staying the night near the meadow, we hiked up the scramble. Follow the stacked rocks as that is the easiest way. The scramble is no joke, if you do not like heights, this might not be the most pleasant situation. Large boulders and steep cliffs grace you throughout the climb. Was a little worried as we were hiking up as people were coming down, knocking rocks towards us, which is something that happens with steep grades, but can be dangerous. If you get injured out here you are screwed, unless you have a gps device, which we did not :( We all concurred at this point, that we were foolish carrying such heavy loads going up the scramble. We finally made it to the lake after some weak knees and conquering some fears of heights. We were worried also about finding a campsite as there were so many parties that past us on the way up. We found a campsite though away from all the large parties to the left when you first get to the lake. We thought campsites would be minimal, but there are more than you think. The lake was amazing, but unfortunately it was very windy that day. The wind calmed at night and stars were spectacular. We were away from people and had no issues with enjoying our own private camp.

We ended up going back the next day to split our hike home in two days. Glad we did, as we had a person in our pack hurt their knee. So it was slow moving. So to wrap it up. Pack light, and prepare for a strenuous but unforgettable adventure!

With the trails just reopened according to PCTA after months of wildfires in the region, it was an amazing day.
Of course it is September, so the falls aren’t falling, but I can see why this stretch of the PCT would be so popular for day hikes. Took my dogs, kept them leashed and they were happy.
Note: first 7/10 mi is pretty much straight up and rocky in places, and the last stretch before you get to the falls (when there is water) is also a nice elevation but it is all worth it.
Do check the PCTA site to make sure it’s open.
Can’t wait to do that after some rains or in the spring.
Also: excellent cell service in this stretch

Amazing destination. CCC crew has done a lot of trail maintenance. If you plan to sleep on the granite be sure to pack an insulated pad. The scramble is easy if you go way left but otherwise it can be a little sketchy. Well worth the hike.

Despite the throngs of people at the trailhead car park (Saturday 9 am) this was actually a reasonably quiet loop. I’m quite a fast hiker and completed it in just under 4 hours. If you are used to hiking or are otherwise fit,, you will probably agree that it is pretty easy terrain (though there are warning signs about its difficulty, so it’s important, as always, to really know your ability). Pretty views out to the sea (probably shrouded in fog in winter). The falls are not all that big, but are pretty. Diverse views and ecosystems. Definitely talk to one of the excellent staff rangers when you go in as they can give very clear instructions about how to start (I suggest counter-clockwise) in a way that is not obvious on the all trails or the paper map. I will definitely return and do this as a trail run! A warning: by 1 pm the car park was packed and rows of cars were waiting. Strongly encourage weekday or v early starts!

We just hiked to the lower lake this weekend. It took us
Approx 6 1/2 hours there and 3 1/2 to get back to the trailhead. The home there was a bit challenging. Coming down was easy and fast. It’s absolutely gorgeous! We caught trout and there was a large bear across the lake from us. We decided to go back down 1 1/2 miles where we had camped the night before to spend our night. .

Watch for black bears at the creek. Camp high at around 9600ft. There are good wind protected flat sandy soft spots along the rocky spine. Even in September there is snow along the way that can a good source of water. If melting snow, I recommend jetboil to melt and finish with steripen. You will have 2L within minutes. The pitch isn't that steep until the headwall above Mushroom Rock. If snow is present, consider using microspikes for both ascending and descending as crampons take too long to take off and on and don't work as well for mixed rock, scree, boulders, and ice. The most challenging section is definitely the 500ft-600ft headwall at 13k.

Did a day hike to the Canyon Creek Lakes and L Lake. For the distance, the elevation is quite tame for most of the hike up to the Canyon Creek Lakes. For those who want to journey a bit farther up to L Lake, the trail is loosely marked with cairns as it winds up a drainage area. Beautiful views of the valley from L Lake, worth the extra climbing effort. Will definitely be back to camp when more of the summer smoke has cleared. Passed 30-40 people on my round trip hike over Labor Day weekend.

Gorgeous hike without a lot people on the trail.

Very easy hike to a swimming hole and beautiful waterfalls. Seems secluded which was great because of less folks. You have to drive a dirt road going here so be careful.

Really enjoyed our hike to Canyon Creek Lakes. Yes, it was a challenge but nothing horrible for the mountains. I always expect a slog getting to the reward of lovely scenery and hanging out in a natural environment. Took a day hike to the upper lake. Seemed like there were many more camp areas than the lower lake so if you have a larger party I would plan on staying there. Boulder Lakes had great granite vistas. Quite an uphill climb with narrow trail. Get there early for the better camp spots. Beautiful.

I do this hike every year and it’s amazing! If you park a car at the beach you can go all the way thru instead of a loop.

Great hike among the beautiful redwoods. There are a couple of trail closures so check with the park ranger first. Trail is mostly shaded. The last hill was challenging, so we rewarded ourselves with ice cream at the park store.

Wow! Cannot recommend this enough for people. The view at the summit is so worth it. The trail is well defined for most of it but the rocky/sandy terrain makes for difficult climbing. Definitely wear a helmet and don’t climb alone, rock falls aren’t uncommon. I did it in two days (hiked about three miles to base camp the first day, then woke up at midnight and started hiking to reach the summit around 6AM). Sun protection is so important for this and make sure you bundle up - even though there’s not much snow on this trail, it is freezing once you near the summit, especially if you’re hiking at night. If you’re not experienced with hiking or climbing then I also recommend getting a guide for this. This hike is totally worth the effort and the views are so rewarding. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

Great work out! Terrain was beautiful. Make sure to bring plenty of water.

An amazing trail! Scenery is unparalleled. Trail is steep at first both up and down for first few miles, then steady up. Took us (average in shape guys) 6.5 hrs up to 1st camp. 1st camp for us was below the falls. 4.5 hrs back from 1st camp to trail head. Would recommend a 3-4 day excursion. One day up to camp (8.5 miles). Second day up to the lake and then up to peak. Then 3 rd day head back if your hurting for time. Stay an extra day and absorb the beauty. On the way back, if your headed NE, go to the kid friendly Etna Brewery for a stellar burger and home brewed root beer. I can’t wait to go back. I went with my 10 and 12 yr olds, but they are mentally tough and physically fit kids. Keep their packs 25 lbs or less.

Difficult but fun! Wear a helmet! Lots of rocks!

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