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Nice hike but may be challenging for younger children because of length and some steep terrain. Beautiful scenery and a well marked trail. I would like to hike this again in the spring when wildflowers are in bloom.

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful hike with great views of the lake. Mild changes in elevation. Starting on the more northern route, the trail is much more shaded, and as the trail turns south it opens up with beautiful views. The trail follows the road back up to the parking area marked on the map. Great afternoon hike.

hiking
17 days ago

Perfect amount of hiking and scenery. Loved this hike!

Awesome hike from castle lake to heart lake! very scenic, would probably be better on a week day at sunrise. It was a little crowded during the week.

Great short trail. Phenomenal views looking from the top to see Castle Lake & Mt Shasta. Not great. Phenomenal.

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.

backpacking
2 months ago

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
2 months 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/

This was a nice easy hike, although we did encounter some mosquitoes in the beginning, so be sure to have some repellent as they seem to be friendly creatures! Some nice views of the lake, and you could see the smoke in the air from the Carr Fire.

I enjoyed the hike this trail provided. Being close to the lake make sure you spray yourself with insect repellent

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail from lower to upper falls. Most of the trail is fairly easy, hardest part is from middle falls to upper falls, fairly step switchbacks. Not overly difficult but be prepared with water and a hat during the warmer summer months. All in all though the views are pretty and the trails are mostly flat and easy to walk.

Pretty crazy drive up a steep mountain, and even crazier coming down. Make sure to keep your car in low gear or your brakes will start to burn.

Also, the AllTrails app isn't super accurate to get to the trailhead here. Google maps doesn't realize the road runs all the way up (it's a pretty bumpy old logging road) so it's hard to navigate it with your phone. Best advice would be to drive into Weaverville and follow the signs for the trailhead from there. Just take Weaver Bally Road all the way up to the top.

As for the actual hike, it was pretty nice, but the descent from the ridge to the lake takes longer than it should. Super rocky and some switchbacks. Lake is tiny and not deep, freezes over in winter so the fish can't survive. We fished it for a couple hours and didn't get anything.

Worth the hike! Gorgeous view for Mt. Shasta and lake Castle.

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!!

This hike is absolutely gorgeous - and not too difficult. It’s fairly steep, but short. And I really didn’t find it as difficult to navigate. It’s not incredibly well marked, but if you read a few descriptions and stay generally heading south, you’ll find the lake! We went on a very hot Sunday (go early; it’s not very shaded as others have noted) and it was pretty popular but not crowded.. The views from Heart Lake are spectacular!

Poorly marked; lots of off-trail hiking in the snow (not this year) made this a rather difficult hike. I didn’t mind much tho, the views made up for it. Had Heart Lake all to myself.

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.

this is really an incredible hike. It's not that difficult I would say easy to moderate but some may disagree as there are rocks you have to walk over at times and a slight incline parts of the time. The biggest Beast was actually trying to navigate my way there as I was hiking alone. As other people have said in their reviews it's not a well-marked trail but thankfully I ran into some people and we made it to Heart Lake. It is absolutely stunning with Mount Shasta in the background. Highly recommend this hike. Also be adventurous and hike up the rocks on both sides of the lake so that you can get better views.

also note the trailhead is not the one to the right of the parking lot that is right by the lake there it's all the way at the end of the parking lot if you keep going straight and walk through a line of boulders that almost look like it's blocking off the path that you actually walk in between big rocks and you'll eventually get to a stream that you walk over when you hit that you know you're starting to head in the right direction. But it's about three-quarters of a mile into the trip where the path is not well marked and I wish I could help you navigate it but it's nearly impossible to describe. Oh and by the way the last seven miles of driving to get to the trailhead or absolutely beautiful winding roads.

I am new on all trail app. Only I got in was for the GPS exact location but it doesn’t show GPS location, but asking for pay app for a download map. I will go for other app.

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!!

hiking
3 months ago

So beautiful! We visited on the 4th of July. Perfect weather, and I can see why this meadow is regarded as sacred by so many.

nature trips
3 months ago

I love it
planning to go back

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.

loved middle creek falls!

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!

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