Looking for a great trail in Trinity Alps Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 47 great hiking trails, trail running trails, camping trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 23 moderate trails in Trinity Alps Wilderness ranging from 3.4 to 32.6 miles and from 2,762 to 7,706 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Formerly known as the Salmon-Trinity Alps Primitive Area, the Trinity Alps Wilderness is located 50 miles west of Redding California. The area contains the Wild and Scenic Trinity River in the south and the Wild and Scenic Salmon River in the north. Numerous rushing streams feed into these rivers, many of them emerging from the region's 55 lakes. Scattered stands of timber, most of them virgin, are opened by large meadows with wildflowers in July and August, and shadowed by barren rock cliffs and stark peaks with elevations up to 9,000 feet. Black bears are common (despite the name, they're often colored brown or blond), sharing the area with an abundance of other wildlife species. As much as 12 feet of snow falls on the high country every year. Currently the entire Wilderness (one of the state's largest) is situated on, and managed solely by, the USFS. The Trinity Alps Wilderness contains a total of 550 miles of maintained trails. Numerous loop hikes are available, requiring three to five days to complete. Seventeen miles of the Pacific Crest Trail run through the northern part of the wilderness. There are many areas within the wilderness capable of providing opportunities for solitude.

hiking
2 days ago

Trail is closed due to fire as of 9/15/19

This hike is a grind! It goes pretty much straight up to the lake. I give it five stars because at Echo Lake you are rewarded with one of the most beautiful campsites I’ve ever been at. There are plenty of little water streams to refill and there is a parking lot for your car at the entrance of the trail. Be aware of that it is a 6 mile dirt road to the trail head, which can be navigated even with a Prius in good conditions.

This is our second time up here and I’d do it again! Lots of bugs for first hour of hike due to being in shade near the creek. However, bugs were not an issue after crossing the bridge. A solid climb the whole way but so worth the effort! Once you get close to the lake, you get an amazing panoramic view out towards Mount Shasta and are surrounded by white granite. Stunning and breathtaking. We had lake to ourselves on Labor Day. When we were headed up to the lake, about seven different parties passed on their way down. Very peaceful and beautiful lake. Awesome spot right when you get to the lake with a fairly flat granite slab to sunbathe and relax on. Just perfect!

hiking
11 days ago

This is an easy trial for all ages. The only people that may have a hard time is those who are out of shape and or not use to hiking in higher altitudes. Overall this was a fun hike. The two boulder lakes are great spots for a picnic.

Trail is a relatively easy, wide old wagon road for the first ~4 miles. After that it narrows and makes a gentle climb up to the lake. The lake it’s self is shallow and not a great option for swimming. But the surrounding meadows and ridges that are a backdrop to the area are superb. Many day hike options from Union lake.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful waterfall and swimming hole midway through the hike. It’s so refreshing to take a dip.

Fantastic hike, well worth the struggle. Beautiful views, unlike anything I have ever seen. It is definitely difficult, but so worth it in the end.

I wouldn’t say this trail is hard by any means; the hardest part is probably the length. The grade of incline is never strenuous, there’s tons of spots for water, and everywhere you look is really pretty. Make sure you take a swim at the lake, you earned it!

hiking
17 days ago

Trip report 8/30 to 8/31/19 FYI there is a trail crew staying up on the eastern edge of the upper caribou lake for the next 2 weeks and horses/donkeys are being used to resupply them. This is a beautiful hike that is worth the payout but it’s definitely hard. Basically all uphill on the way there and lots of the trail is loose dirt/dust so be prepared. Best place to stop for lunch on the way up is once yon cross the river before the final major uphill. There’s some great rocks to sit on and even a campsite. About 5 miles in. Bugs were minimal. When you get to the upper lake I would go left towards the granite face. That’s where the best campsites are.

hiking
17 days ago

difficult but way worth it!

Very nice hike with a great pay off. Nothing like swimming around saphire on a hot day. I camped just up the meadow where the stream re-connects with the trail and made a day hike of the lakes. Seemed a little bit crowded around the lake.

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
scramble
19 days ago

Decided to add this onto my 4 Lakes Loop hike and glad I did! Climbed the scramble from Long Canyon trail on my way down from Bee Tree Gap and took a few minutes but was able to pick up on a faint foot trial from previous hikers which was steep but relatively short. Views are extremely rewarding at the lake, turn around for a splendid view of Shasta. On the way down through Bowerman Mdws I made the mistake of attempting to follow the AllTrails line directly and found it to be impassible. I'm guessing whoever made it drew the line instead of hiking it. Took me several nerve-racking hours of off-trail exploring but I finally managed to pickup the Bowerman Mdws trail. I'd recommend doing the loop UP Bowerman and DOWN Long Canyon to maximize chances of staying on-trail. This is bear territory for certain, be on-guard.

hiking
19 days ago

Road to the trailhead has several good signs. This route took us past Eagle Creek campground and we only took one or two wrong turns. There is no signage at the trailhead naming the beginning of the Stoddard Lake Trail. Lots of available space to park.

backpacking
over grown
rocky
20 days ago

Did this at a leisurely pace over 3 days. The trail varies between shadeless rocky switchbacks and long passages of forest, eventually giving way to lush, overgrown meadows and eventually the beautiful cirque at the top. The climb is steady and tiring, but there's plenty of water aside from the walk from the first creek to McKay Camp. Doing it as a day hike sounds a bit much for my legs, but if you're spending a little more time it's a beautiful trail with some choice campsites from the Sinks all the way up to the lakes.

I had put off doing this trail in the alps because of knowing how popular it is. Well there is a reason for that, and having just done it in late August I have to say that I never even noticed many other campers/hikers. This is an absolutely fantastic trail, there is so much to see and do and amazing swimming/jumping spots. Definitely the best destination in the alps!

The views are very much worth the climb. The scramble up to the lake was challenging with a pack on, loose rocks, used hands for extra balance. There are a number of locations to filter water along the hike where the trail is near water. Not sure how the weather is on most nights but we had strong wind gusts throughout the evening into the morning hours.

hiking
23 days ago

Great first backpack in the Trinity’s.Besides great scenery the trail itself had a great layout and was beautifully built and well maintained - in my humble opinion.

hiking
over grown
24 days ago

Trail overgrown nearing lake. Grazing cattle make wandering off of overgrown trail easier due to their cow trails. Beautiful lake (shallow pond). Brook Trout in lake and stream. Fun to catch. Trail to Long Gulch Lake from Fish Lake is nice but steep as you head over ridge. Much easier trail to keep track of. Couple used camping spots at far end of lake as you approach. Shared lake with one other hiker/hunter.

hiking
25 days ago

Uoh

hiking
25 days ago

Direction as listed in description was very helpful, google maps isn’t correct. Hike itself was fantastic, not too long, with great payoff at lake. We had a nice swim and picnic by the water. Saw a few people on way out, otherwise empty. Trailhead sign is gone, but you see where it used to be to identify starting point

The road up to Toad Lake is a rugged dirt road, but our '07 Prius still made it. Toad Lake is gorgeous and an easy hike from the trailhead. To Porcupine Lake is a small climb to the PCT and then a breeze. Porcupine Lake is also quite stunning during this month (August) when evenings are brisk and days are hot enough to encourage skinny dipping. I went with my 8-year-old daughter and we loved every moment. We fished in Porcupine Lake for our dinner one night, chatted with PCT hikers who were stopping over, and enjoyed the views of Shasta and the Castle Crags. Not too busy and during days felt appropriately secluded.

Great hike, do it!

This trip to the lake and back went as advertised. It was hot, which made the uphills even more of an issue. Sweated gallons. Once arriving at the meadow, you forget all the misery, and bask in the magnificence of this place! We decided to camp at the meadow, and did the scramble with day packs. We had an issue in the meadow camp with an overzealous doe who craved salt. She will grab anything in sight. Socks, boots, pole and pack straps. Keep all these things under wraps. Kept coming back after every shooing. Glad we made the trip! It was a bucket list kind of place!

Very diverse terrain through the hike. A mixture of meadows, red granite, wildflowers, and pine forests. A steady incline from the trailhead up to stonewall pass. From the pass, you drop down into a beautiful basin that traverses over to echo lake. A few small streams along the way to filter water, though they may dry later in the season.

hiking
1 month ago

Very exposed first 900 foot climb breaks a sweat. Steep hike back down the 900 feet then very gradual incline up to the falls. The falls were spectacular. We camped in the meadow with view of the falls and Thompson Peak. Did not go up to the lake since we brought our dog and were worried about her paws getting cut on the way up. Without a doubt plan to return and camp at the lake. Saw quite a few people on trail but the experience did not lack solitude. Deer in the meadow are habituated and like to get close, try not to encourage this behavior. Hike back to the TH was mello jello until you have to hike back up the 900 feet again. It’s very steep the entire way up and will have you sweating, breathing hard and taking a few breaks. Road in was gravel but maintained. Some larger rocks on roadway but nothing that couldn’t have been moved out of the way for smaller vehicles.

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