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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.

I just went on September 30th 2017 and the weather was great. The lakes were beautiful but not much of a hike if that is what you were looking for. There is a road where you can drop in from the top and only have to walk about a half a mile to the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views and as described. I had a hard time finding/following the trail at the very end (to the Peak) but that could just be me. Some scrubery overgrowth but minimal.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trial with heaps of wildflowers.

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Amazing backpacking weekend all with a full moon!

backpacking
3 months ago

Absolutely spectacular hike up Long Canyon, it really is such a special place and quite a rewarding view for a relatively short hike in. This being said, we never actually made it to Lake Anna due to extra snow pack this year and I wanted to leave a review here for others who may attempt it. The final scramble up to the lake is definitely no joke and should be done with caution. We tried to scramble around a make-shift way but it proved to be too steep. My advice would be to wait until later in the season to attempt this. We probably could have hiked up it on the snow but there is a stream under the snow (the part you typically scramble up the side of) and the snow was very unstable and cracking and wasn't worth the risk of falling down the waterfall below. We ended up camping out on a peak just below the lake overlooking the canyon, the stars at night were breathtaking. Even if we didn't make it all the way, it was still a great hike and we will definitely re-attempt later in the season! As always, keep it wild and leave it better than you found it. the Trinity Alps are one of very few places in California that are still seemingly untouched and unadulterated by humans who over-use the land and don't respect it's delicate balance, I hope everyone has the chance to experience this magical place.

3 months ago

Just did part of this loop on June 12-14, 2017. The road was in great condition, though the lack of signage at several intersections made route-finding a little difficult. The hike from the trailhead to Lillypad Lake and back is was pleseant, though the snow started in earnest around 6,000 feet and made following the trail for the last section to the lake impossible. There were also plenty of tree-falls blocking the trail, but they weren't difficult to hike around. Continued up to the tarns above Lillypad Lake but needed crampons and ice axes to do so. This section was gorgeous. Climbed Ycatapom Peak from this area. All in all a nice trip.

backpacking
3 months ago

My calves...they burnnnnn! Beautiful hike but expect to put some real effort in once you get near the end, I started counting switchbacks but lost count around number 50.

on Boulder Creek

4 months ago

Fallen trees and stream crossings made it more challenging than expected! But overall beautiful!

backpacking
6 months ago

April 1st. Still a lot of snow above 4,000ft elevation. Started the tail at 1pm was planning on camping at the end of the trail but was not practical because the last 2 miles were covered almost entirely with snow. Turned back at 5pm and made it to the base of the trail in time to set up camp. The trail was a nice hike just no spectacular mountain top views.

backpacking
6 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

backpacking
9 months ago

I can't wait to go back and check this trail out again. I used it every weekend to get to different lakes and peaks in the Trinity Alps. Stargazing in Mumford Meadows is a must!