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Kate Lassalle-Klein reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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Beautiful! We only hiked the Sinks, exactly 3 miles in, to eat lunch and head back. We didn’t see any significant snow.

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Alex Gaesser reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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BackpackingBugsIcySnow

Did a 3-night over the weekend. Spent the first night at the area just below the Boulder Creek trail split, which had too much snow to be enjoyable. Spent the next two nights down in the Sinks which was pleasant, warmer, and buggy. Expect to hit drifts of melty, deepish snow starting at about 5.5 miles. We saw a few people head up to the upper lakes without snowshoes so it's possible, but probably not very fun. Some of the snowbanks between the boulders on the trail felt ripe for falling injuries so beware! You do get your pick of camping spots and we didn't have any neighbors the entire trip.

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Siqi Cao reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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Stunning views of mountains with prestige snow, especially 6 miles in. Did it as a day hike (~17-18 miles) with snowshoes. Met others near the top without snowshoes, but definitely a rough time further in without snowshoes.

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Yash Desai reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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Tyler’s Trails reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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Great trail. Deep snow beginning near the waterfalls made it a very difficult hike without snowshoes.

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Tea Wiggs reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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Couldn’t make it all the way because of the snow but the waterfalls were beautiful. Had a great time

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Stefan V. reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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Claudia Gomez reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Made the summit to the first frozen over lake. We’ve hiked this in the summer and I considered it a moderate hike at that time. This was definitely an extremely difficult hike during the winter season. Only had gators and crampons and hiking poles. If you’ve never been during the spring/summer season, I wouldn’t recommend you hiking this in the snow. It took us about 15 hours there and back, hiked three hours back through the dark with headlamps of course, icy conditions while passing through the cliffs was definitely scary. Lots of creeks to pass over through and used all trails to keep guiding us in the right direction after we got off a few times. The views were beyond phenomenal and breathtaking. My Strava has logged 19/20 miles each time round trip. Not sure why the trail says 8.

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Cory Utter reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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BackpackingSnow

Really fun trail. Hiked to the lakes late January. Not a single other person on the trail. No snow until first waterfall. Attempted to hike to boulder creek lakes, but it was very difficult to follow the trail. I ended way off the trail hiking a steep incline in deep snow on top of the manzanitas; would not recommend it in winter. The rest of the hike was pretty amazing. The snow was pretty deep just below the lakes, but manageable in just boots. There’s a perfect spot to camp below the second falls where a small pine stand keeps most of the snow from falling. Great sunset from this spot

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Mike Lee reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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BackpackingIcyMuddySnow

Hiked all the way to the lakes Jan 18 2021. The snow made it somewhat difficult to follow the trail but still not too bad. The snow itself became thicker at the first waterfall and the only time the snow gave me trouble was at the climb just before the lower lake. I would suggest shoe spikes/cramp-ons so that you don't slip. Once I got to the last waterfall before the climb up to the lakes, the snow was still soft and without snowshoes, I sank knee deep into it. So I put on my snowshoes at lower Canyon Creek Lake and was able to make it to the upper lake. My goal was to climb Thompson Peak in the snow but only made it as far as the east side of the upper lake because I slipped and stuck both legs knee deep into the creek and got wet. My water filtration system also broke so I tucked tail and went home after spending the night. Speaking of the night, it was awful. The wind was hurricane like and I was afraid that the trees would fall on me. I slept maybe a few hours. If you're more winter camp savvy and can build a snow shelter of some sort to protect you from the wind, you'll probably be ok not sleeping under trees. Or you can go when the wind is not as bad but I don't know if you can really predict that or not. Also, I went after it had not snowed in about a week so if it does snow, the conditions would probably be worse. Just prepare well for the cold. And I don't know the water situation past the Lakes if you do decide to do Thompson Peak. I guess you could always just melt snow. I still had a great time sans the sleepless night.

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Johnny Ashford reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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BackpackingIcySnow

Attempted to hike to the lakes on 31 Dec 2020. started at 11:10am. bottom line up front, if you want to get all the way to the lakes, bring snowshoes and gaters...i did not. i encountered patches of snow on the trail at the 3 mile mark, no big deal,although the more people walking on it, it will pack down to ice, so i recommend microspikes. it stayed relatively shallow (no more than ankle deep) until the 6 mile mark, then it gets thick, but doable without snowshoes. i made it to the 7ish mile mark and decided to set up camp right next to the waterfall there, overlooking the valley. very, very pretty. took me five hours to get there. the next morning, i tried to dayhike to the lower lake...made it about 0.2 miles, just past another set of waterfalls, but the snow was now knee deep, so i headed back down. will try again in Oct or early Nov.

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Marie Downard reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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Arun Shankar reviewed Boulder Lakes
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Alena Shevchuk reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. Should be on your bucket list! Did a one day hike, doable, hard and kind of had to rush before the sun goes down. absolutely incredible views along the way, the forest, valley, river, and of course - beautiful lakes on the top. Too bad I didn’t camp, but for sure come back for that. Amazing experience!

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Sertan Usanmaz reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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HikingGreat!

I did this trail in early October of this year. It was an awesome trail with great views and a killer workout! Make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen. Feel free to follow me on my Instagram account for more dope hiking adventures! @sertanusanmaz

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Emil Mindov reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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did this trail as a day hike on November 21st. started at 8am finished 5pm. lots of snow towards the lakes. there is a stream you need to cross, there is extra flow in the afternoon from the melting snow look for the old rusted pipe . have fun

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scott murphy reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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the trail was great. our first backpacking attempt and we made the first lake at sunset. main issue was the 70 mph gusts, snow and freezing temps. none of that weather was forcasted so have a warm option and maybe camp below the lake if their are signs of wind.

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Ted Vivatson reviewed Boulder Lakes
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Great trail! Had the place to ourselves

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Max Rousselot reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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Very scenic and very popular trail with 300 people reportedly on the trail during a typical summer holiday weekend.

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Cathy Sun reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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Left my light pink glasses on the trail on Sunday - right at the base of the Canyon scramble to the lower lake. Please email me if you find them cathysun14@gmail.com. Thanks!

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Cesar Contreras reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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Meredith Knowles reviewed Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
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I did this as a long day hike. Normally I don’t mind the distance, but this is 10000% worth camping overnight to fully enjoy. It’s long and difficult, especially when it’s exposed and rocky near the lakes but totally doable. I was grateful for having downloaded the offline map as I quickly and often lost the trail towards the end. Not a huge deal since it’s exposed, but I definitely couldn’t just eyeball a way through the scramble

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