Explore the most popular horseback riding trails in Shasta-Trinity National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
15 days ago

Perfect amount of hiking and scenery. Loved this hike!

There were an inordinate number of meat bees and wasps on this trail. Recommend an Epi-Pen.

Beautiful, refreshing trail. Wild experience.

This trail has great scenery - Thick forrest, meadows, creeks, craggily rocks. There are creeks available for water regularly along the trail. There is one area where you climb rock stairs upward for what seems like forever. If you have chicken legs like I do, it may destroy them :)

About 2 miles in, my buddy & I were hit with an intermittent hail storm. We continued forward due to how much we were enjoying the trail. The intermittent hail turned to intermittent snow, but we pushed on knowing the storm would pass. The storm did not pass & we were not prepared for snow - we turned back at the peak above deer lake, deciding not to stay the night & trying to desperately make it back before dark. (BTW - my fitbit showed us at 6+ miles at that point).

So about halfway back to the trailhead, we were heading through a sloped area, watching our footing & taking as we go. I looked up & there is a black bear in the middle of the trail about 60 feet in front of us. We hit our treking poles together, blew our whistles, & ad libbed some "go away bear lyrics". Success - our song was bad enough that the bear left. We made it back just in time to not need our flashlights.

This is a great trail that is many people do as a short backpacking trip. You camp at Deer Lake and then hike around the Four Lakes Loop on the next day. On the third day, you hike back out to your car. It's a great short backpacking trip with some awesome scenery. Here is a report I wrote with pics and maps that describes the route in detail: https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/four-lakes-loop/

backpacking
1 month ago

This trail is best hiked as an overnight backpacking trip! Doing it as a day hike would make for a very long day with lots of climbing. It's a great backpacking trip if you hike out to one of the lakes in the Four Lakes Loop and set up camp there for two nights. On the 2nd day of you trip, you can do a day hike around the loop and maybe climb up to the top of Siligo Peak. On the 3rd day, you can hike back out to your car at the trail head. Here is a guide I wrote to backpacking the Four Lakes Loops that includes pics, maps, and other info: https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/four-lakes-loop/

hiking
2 months ago

Did this as an overnight on 7/21-7/22. Barely any mosquitoes, even near the lakes.

We made camp at Upper Siligo Meadows because it was unclear whether there would be camping around the smaller lakes, and we wanted to avoid the crowds at Summit. There is a small creek near the sign marked "Siligo Meadows." After making camp, we slack-packed the loop, spending a couple hours at Summit Lake. Diamond Lake was breathtaking.

As other online resources suggest, do the loop clockwise. Not only does this provide the arguably better set of the views, this gets you going down the flatter portions and up the steeper portions of the trail. For example, some of the switchbacks on the loop are annoyingly flat and long - particularly between Diamond and Luella. The trail going up from Luella to Deer is much steeper.

Even though I had the impression this is a very popular area, we didn't see that many people. We passed a couple groups hiking up to Deer Pass and Summit Lake was crowded, but otherwise the trail was fairly empty. Five-star hike but with three-star hike crowds.

Note that the AllTrails estimate of 14 miles seems off. Other websites put the loop at 5.2 miles and the Long Canyon trail at 6 miles total, which would make it 17-18 miles.

Awesome hike. Beautiful views and big timber!!

on Four Lakes Loop

3 months ago

Wilderness and campfire permits required throughout the Trinity Alps for overnights. Dayhikes they are not required.

There are some great sites along granite lake! Went in September though and the lake was very cold for swimming. We also left our stuff at our camp at granite lake and hiked the four lakes loop, which even as just a day hike with a lighter pack was pretty exhausting, but well worth it. You’ve gotta hike up the bowl of granite lake too, there’s some killer views up there and it doesn’t take long at all. We also saw very few other people along the route. Literally no one the first day. Definitely seems like a good way to go if you’re looking for less crowds as opposed to some of the other trails in the alps.

Agree with jason, trail was awesome but the climb in just about did me in. The trail conditions were easy but just constant ip up up. Beautiful loop once you got up there!!

backpacking
3 months ago

Just wrapped this up today. Easily my favorite trail I've been on so far. Multiple lakes to see with only a few people scattered about. Lots of trees at the beginning, then red and granite peaks accompanied by some gorgeous meadows. There are plenty of streams and water bodies to refill if you have a filter. If you are going to camp overnight I would suggest Silago Meadows. A bit less crowded than the lakes. We took our time. Swam in a couple of lakes. Chatted up some of the people passing by. I would avoid the weekend for this trail in particular. We headed out Sunday and there were quite a few people coming down the trail.

Whoever said this is a moderate hike is crazy. I've done trails that were labeled as difficult that I had a much easier time with. The beginning of the hike is all elevation gain. It can be done as a day hike but sunset was the best view in my opinion.

Beware the bugs near the lakes in the afternoon. We were covered in gnats near deer lake. There's even a false trail from where people panicked and ran the wrong way. We did the same. Camped at deer lake the second night and had a good time watching the few stragglers run through the gnat guantlet. It's the only time I wish there were more people on the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a fantastic hike! We started at the Parks Creek Trailhead and hiked in along the PCT, meeting many other hikers along the way. There was an abundance of wildflowers and the seeps are flowing, gorgeous! Mount Eddy was socked in at the top, but still worth the trek.

We primarily were looking for wildflowers - we started at the meadow trailhead, not the PCT trailhead. The meadow is full of flowers, and not too difficult to cross (multiple soggy spots). Fantastic flowers

backpacking
4 months ago

Had a great trip, this second weekend of June. The trail was in good maintenance, and clear all except two small patches of snow. Weather is pretty variable so make sure to check the forecast first!

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent hike, beautiful lakes and a multitude of trails make for a superb weekend camping destination.

The Alltrails route actually follows the Pacific Crest Trail for the first part of the trail, and switches to Deadfalls Trail right after the Lower Deadfalls Lake. The actual Deadfalls Trail trailhead is about 3/4 mile further south on Parks Creek Road and starts in the Deadfalls Meadow, which is definitely worth visiting - I recommend making a loop out of the trails even if it requires hiking back to your vehicle the last 3/4 miles on (low traffic) Parks Creek Road.

Starting from the Parks Creed Summit (where Alltrails' route starts), until the Middle Deadfalls Lake (the largest one), the trail is relatively Easy (unless you are coming from Deadfalls Meadow, which is a bit steeper), but above that it is mainly Moderate.

Amazing trail. Did this as a day hike Memorial Day 2018. Most people on trail were backpacking. Easily doable in a day. Steadily progressed uphill the whole way. Still a good amount of snow at high elevations on trail. Views are amazing and frequently changing. OF NOTE: this trail is ~ 1 mile longer than stated on this app but elevation change is close to true.

Great spring hike. Wildflowers change weekly. There is not a lot of shade due to fires a few years back. Poison oak is present, but avoidable.

hiking
4 months ago

We visited during Memorial weekend and there were some flowers, but it will be amazing in a week or two. We went down to lake Summit to camp - great view, quiet location, although we had to take side trail to reach it. No permit is required for overnight camping, but you need one to have campfire. Scenery is amazing: a lot of snow on North facing slopes, water in all lakes has amazing color. Right now there is some snow when you hike the Loop, and a lot of tiny running creeks are using the trail as a pathway, so we lost the trail at least 3 times. Advice: definitely download the map! Also, it was hot. The first third has some shade, but the rest is brutally sunny. I cannot imagine doing it in July.

Great hike. Wear waterproof boots. Uphill battle at times, but well worth it.

Gorgeous hike! Steep but my three year old was able to hike it just fine! Parking lot gets parked up fast, start early.

hiking
5 months ago

The secrets out for this area, try and check it out early in the spring, there’s an abundance of wildflowers and wild onion that grow in the meadows.

backpacking
5 months ago

Very difficult uphill battle but absolutely gorgeous along the way. Definitely worth it. Tons of wildflowers, and changes in scenery. Waterfalls, snow, fields of flowers, giant trees and granite peaks surrounding you. There were many switchbacks and intense elevation gain but the trail was well marked.

backpacking
5 months ago

In cooler weather, I would have rated this four-stars. The July we went though, we had 100 degree weather on that first day that has a lot of elevation gain, and I cannot say that was a good experience when I factor in the resulting blisters despite many efforts to prevent them. However, it was cooler and beautiful up at the four sapphire lakes with expansive vistas and many wildflowers.

hiking
7 months ago

Is a permit required for camping?

Easy hike with views to the northwest, southwest, south and east and the treat of a lake at the end. A regular for the Siskiyou Wanderers, often in winter or spring.

Three of us hiked this today. The trail was easy, with some moderate uphill climbs. Some have reported poison oak along the trail, but it was not an issue at this time of year for us. We parked where the trail crosses the road. It's an enjoyable hike!

I worked in this area as a trail maintenance worker. I loved every day that I worked on this trail. just a couple years ago was manicured for a few miles by good people so I'm sure it is pretty maintained in most spots, a walk that wouldn't disappoint.

on Four Lakes Loop

backpacking
8 months ago

The most stunning views I have ever experienced, and incredibly varied. Every turn held a new view. We went mid August (2017) and there were still abundant wildflowers. We did this is two long days and one night. Took the loop clockwise and stopped to camp at Diamond lake, which is less than half way, but the second day is primarily downhill (although there are some surprise steep inclines past diamond lake, so don't get lured in once you start heading down). The trails were pretty busy, but we were one of only two groups that stayed at Diamond. Note: there are no good trees to hang a bear bag near diamond, so I would suggest a canister. Overall it was definitely difficult, but absolutely awe-inspiring. I would do this trip a thousand times.

backpacking
10 months ago

Favorite trail! Great backpacking camps up there too!

one of the best views

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