Bear Basin - Granite Lake Loop

hard 19 reviews

Bear Basin - Granite Lake Loop is a 14.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Trinity Center, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is best used from June until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 14.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3,927 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Highly recommend as a 2-3 day backpacking trip. We did it counter clock-wise, like the other reviewers, and really enjoyed this route.

backpacking
over grown
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Great route, plenty of wildlife including bears, be sure to follow sound practices when preparing and storing food at campsites. Did the route counter-clockwise and the climb out of Bear Basin was stunning with nice views of Mount Shasta a welcome bonus. Could easily be done as a two-day trip but three days allows plenty of time for taking in views. Granite Lake is also stunning but can be a little crowded.

hiking
Tue Nov 13 2018

Stellar loop. Hiked clockwise and enjoyed hiking past Granite Lake up to the apex of the hike. In early November, the winds were super strong once we rounded the ridge above the lake and started heading down. Moderately strenuous but a manageable day hike. On the top of the ridge, there are a few different trail options and none are very well marked. Took us a moment to find the more horizontal trail that loops back toward Swift Creek. Our loop measured about 15-16 miles.

backpacking
Thu Jul 12 2018

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.

hiking
Thu Jun 22 2017

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.

backpacking
Tue Sep 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/

Thu Aug 11 2016

It was pretty steep and fun

hiking
Sat Sep 12 2015

Moderate hike to the lake, 5 miles in & passing some cool waterfalls along the way & good views of what's ahead when you emerge out of the forest & into a meadow. Then it gets steep to the gap, where you can see down into the Deer Creek basin, Round Lake, & across to Siligo Peak; & Luella Lake, tucked into a shelf. If you have time, you can just traverse the trail over to Bear Basin & go out that way, re-connecting with the Swift Creek Trail, for a total of 17 or 18 miles.

backpacking
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