Bear Basin - Granite Lake Loop

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Bear Basin - Granite Lake Loop is a 14.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Trinity Center, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
14.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4114 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

hiking
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backpacking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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
4 months ago

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/

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

It was pretty steep and fun

hiking
Saturday, September 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.

hiking
Friday, September 10, 2010