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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
10 days 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
1 month 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
2 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
5 months ago

Favorite trail! Great backpacking camps up there too!

one of the best views

backpacking
6 months ago

Best hike I've done so far, excellent views!! This is a great backpacking experience. What you want to do this time of year is camp in the woods, set up camp and rest so when you get up early in the morning you can continue to complete the loop. The reason that I say this is because even though camping by the lake might seem like a great idea, it is very cold and windy and there is no wood to make a fire at night!!

Very nice trail, especially as access trail to Four Lakes area, which is what we used it for. Difficult to do as a day hike because of massive elevation gain. First 5 miles or so is a monotonous climb of 2,700 ft, which isn't too difficult, relatively speaking, thanks to even grade and smooth forest cover. The views of the lake and the mountains are breathtaking. The last 2.5 miles or so change elevation and scenery rapidly. Some ascents and descents are quite hard on tired legs because of granite stairs or rock. This section is totally gorgeous though. All in all, you should be in excellent shape to enjoy it, and - as I already said - best to use it as a part of a multi-day hike around Red Alps.

Navigation to the trail - beware: if you hit "direction" on this AllTrails trail descriptions to navigate to the trailhead, it will take you to the wrong place! We lost over 2 hours trying to find the trailhead, which is accessible from a different road altogether.

Theres poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac on the trail. Was still a good hike with nice views of the lake.

on Four Lakes Loop

backpacking
8 months ago

Do an overnight this past weekend. This hike has amazing view, beautiful meadows full of vibrant colors. Its a steady up hill for most of the 6 miles. Its not an easy feat. Went up and over Deer Creek Pass down to Dear Lake, a few tents were up, no really good spots to camp. Even thou I was worn out by this time, we trekked on to Luella Lake, we camped here for the night, with only one other group. We had the lake to ourselves early am and took a dip. Watched the sunrise and headed on up to Diamond Lake, for me this was the highlight of all the lakes. Another steep trudge up the switch backs and up Siligo Peak, very sketchy route the last 300 feet, but bagged the peak. Head back to Deer Creek Lake and begin the 6 mile journey home. This was one intense, hard hike. But worth the blood sweat and tears. There are only a few ideal spots by each lake. The parking lot was full, but didn't run in to much more than a handful of ppl........

backpacking
8 months ago

This is a rad hike. Beautiful views, get locations to camp, and fishing was great.

hiking
9 months ago

Perfect family hike. A good challenge for the younger ones. Gorgeous and abundant wildflowers. Lunch in the shade at upper deadfall lake and a Mt Eddy ascent for those looking for a little more adventure. Wonderful day.

backpacking
9 months ago

Went up with the Dece Scouts for a weekend of backpacking. We camped at Deer lake. There was maybe 4 other groups camped there as well. The weather was amazing and the stars were fierce.

In the morning Jing, Stani, and I did the loop clockwise and arrived back at our camp. The loop took about 3 hours with a big climb at the end. We packed up and headed out.

This place is great.

backpacking
9 months ago

I hiked the loop this summer, across two days, and saw all four lakes on the loop and Summit Lake. Definitely a great hike and there was still plenty of snow. The hike up to Deer Pass was a little challenging, and had to climb through some snow. There were a couple places along the trail where the trial was covered in snow but overall wasn't bad and the views are definitely worth it.

Fantastic hike!! Just do it, you'll be glad you did! Great views, lush forest, vibrant wildflowers, small waterfalls, and stunning lakes make this one of the best hikes I've ever done. Plus our dogs had a blast.

Starts of slow- pretty but forgettable. Then the trail turns into Tropical California. SO amazing. I felt like I was in Hawaii with so much plant diversity. I backpacked this last year, 2016 in July and there was snow covering the trail at times making it harder to traverse, but manageable. Amazing views. Made base camp at Siligo Meadow and did four loops lake as a day hike. This is an amazing 3 night backpack.

backpacking
9 months ago

Went up to the 4 lakes loop for the 4th of July weekend. There is still some snow that you go through or have to go around, but it is melting quickly. This trip is well worth it. It's 7 miles to Deer Lake with a 5,000 foot elevation gain, and another 6 around to Summit Lake. My group passed many others because they were not aware of the large elevation gains. Once you do get up over the pass, find a lake to call base camp and then hike around. We did it the hard way, and took our packs from Deer Lake, past Diamond Lake, and camped out at Summit Lake. Deer Lake and Luella have small trout, so anglers bring a pole. It is very well trafficked during the weekend especially, so you will not be alone up there!

Follow a bumpy gravel road 6 miles to the trail head but totally approachable in a car. Did it on 5/27 which would be just barley outside the recommended season after a snowy season. We made it about 9 or 10 miles in going counter clockwise close to the north side of seven up peak with mountains surrounding giant meadows. This early we encountered several (4-5) river /creek crossings ranging from a 1.5 to 3 feet. after 6 miles, snow drifts covered more and more of the landscape interrupted by big lush green meadows, making the trail difficult to impossible to trace but we followed the Bear creek occasionally finding stone made pathways and lightly visible trails. We are for sure going to try this again when more snow has melted. It is totally worth it even early in the season if you like an adventure but would totally recommend past June depending on the season.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Trail is overgrown with poison oak and other brush about a mile in from the boat ramp all the way to the top. Trail should be closed. It is hazardous and dangerous.

It's full of poison oak, it is well maintained but about 1.5 miles in it's everywhere

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike. Doable with a pregnant wife. A bit crazy in the early spring though with snow on the ground. Some gnarly crosses (see pics) that require prudence. .

I hiked this trail in the heat of summer. Buut having the lake so close made it nice. Take a dip if you get too hot!

Camp at deadfall and summit Eddy! Nice little backpacking trip. Makes a good day hike too.

hiking
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Easy hike, near the lake (when the level is up). Look for a small sign and pull out on the left hand side of the road to find the start.

backpacking
Saturday, December 31, 2016

I hiked this during the summer time with some of my trail crew family while working near there this summer. we started from Mumford Meadows on Swift Creek Trail. It is a bit of an uphill but totally worth it. We hit all 4 lakes starting with Deer and ending with Luella, the best way otherwise you're in for some brutal uphill. We camped at Diamond but the camping area at Summit is far better. If you're into peaking, Siligo is super easy to bag. There's somewhat of a trail that leads to it before descending down to Summit lake and it provides a breath taking view.

backpacking
Friday, December 30, 2016

We backpacked to Summit Lake with three families this summer starting at the Long Canyon trailhead. We had five kids ranging from age 8-11 years old and a dog. I must say it was well worth the heinous journey - approximately 7 miles to Summit Lake and 4000 feet of elevation. The meadows, the flora, the change in geology from one moment to the next phenomenal. The kids all made it to camp with some daylight to spare. Our second day we hiked the Four Lakes Loop in the clockwise direction- another 5-6 miles and 2500 feet of climbing. The views and Lakes -Summit, Diamond, Luella, and Deer outstanding! This is not a trip for the weary. If you bring kids they need to be fit and prepared for an uphill endless battle. The climbs are steep and rocky. The last mile or two a continual rocky staircase. Keep your packs light and just enjoy the trek. A trip well worth the effort. Would go back in a heart beat! Enjoy!

backpacking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

We have done this loop counterclockwise, and didn't regret it one bit as it has allowed us to completely avoid the crowds even though it was a long weekend.

A word of caution: even though this trail description says the loop is 14.2 miles, in reality it's closer to 17-18.

On the first day we walked 7.5 miles to Bear Basin and camped on an established camping site. The closest human soul was an entire 1 mile away, and we got an amazing experience of being alone in the wilderness.

On the second day it took us another 5 miles to reach the Seven Up Pass. The Seven Up Pass was the most beautiful part of the hike. Wherever you are hiking from, make sure you traverse it! We were originally thinking to connect to the Four Lakes Loop from there, however, that trail involved going down into the Black Deer Valley and coming up on the other side just as much as we have just done out of the Bear Valley, and we didn't feel up to it.

So we had an amazing lunch in an incredible tucked in spot at Seven up Pass and headed down to the Granite Lake. Granite Lake was a zoo - we counted 10 tents visible just from the trail! It really felt like there needed to be an established bathroom there at this point, it was so overcrowded. So we headed down to the car. The second day for us was 11 miles, which is a bit of a stretch with backpacks.

More photos and description can be found here:
https://csgirllife.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/granite-lake-and-seven-up-pass-trinity-alps-backpacking/

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