Canyon Creek Lakes Trail

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Canyon Creek Lakes Trail is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Junction City, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

14.1 miles
3047 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly





nature trips

rock climbing










Directions from Weaverville: Travel east on Highway 299 for about 7 miles, then turn north onto County Road 401 and travel about 10 miles north to the trailhead.

8 months ago

Canyon Creek is one of my favorite trails to hike, backpack, and explore. The scenery is amazing especially when you go at different times of the year to experience the changes with water run off. Simply breath taking! Love it... A must do!

Beautiful hike. Lots of spots to swim & camp.

9 months ago

excellent trail, plenty of places to fill up on water, if you get a chance definitely hike to the upper lake, then walk around to the meadow on the other side. it's a great place to camp and see lots of wildlife. For a short day hike go 1/4 mile north up the inlet and you'll see a nice waterfall aka "hotel falls."
only issue: after mile 10, closer to the lakes your not allowed to have campfires.(too keep the forest healthy)

10 months ago

Incredible if you possess the desire to go beyond the upper lake you will find some hidden adventures full of back country high alpine beauty. L lake is above to the NE and a wonderland full of waterfalls and soul rebuilding views awaits to the NW. This hike and is difficult and for the experienced hiker seeking some away time off the trail. If you really feel the need to explore take the high routes up around wedding cake or meander your way up to Kalmia.
I absolutely adore this area and feel at peace when I pass the upper lake and into the higher elevations the wildlife is beautiful the views breath taking and the energy that will restore your spirit.

10 months ago

Our group headed up to the lakes for the long weekend. It was fantastic. The trail was well maintained, scenic, and rewarding. We attempted the summit of Thompson Peak during the second day, swam in the lakes, and enjoyed the incredible stars at night. Even though it was highly trafficked, we were still able to enjoy solitude. Will definitely return.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Absolutely love this trail 9 miles an you've reached an amazing outdoor wonderland where the possibilities to explore this amazing high country are endless. It's most defiantly a commitment worth the work. Take your time go slow and prepare to be in awww of breath taking scenery incredible alpine lakes and crystal clear streams.
It's a must on the bucket list!!!!

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

First let me say this, the first 4 miles is quite grueling it is a climb through forests, meadows, on the sides of granite cliffs. If you are not feeling well or maybe not in the best of shape take that into account... However for those interested in amazing views of natures grand natural granite cathedral walls this trek was absolutely worth the work it took. Sadly right now, sept 2015, there was no waterfalls, i mean there was but they were more like little trickles . Most of the creek through the canyon is dried up. This drought is doing a number even in the alps. The lakes both have a good amount of water however. the camping ranges from after 4 miles all the way up into the lake areas. And the views are absolutely stunning. This is an extremely popular hike and camp area, shoot to do it on a weekday trek or not on a 3 day weekend like we did. there was literally no parking at the trail head and tons of people. Bring your good boots and walking poles. Trust me its worth the work.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Love this place! Can be done as a day-hike, but you really won't want to leave! The trail starts out moderate through forest, along (above) a creek, comes out to an exposed area with switchbacks about 3 miles in, & at 4 miles you reach the first set of falls. The trail goes along gorgeous Canyon Creek, through meadows, past 2 more awe-inspiring waterfalls, then you follow the cairns or common sense to get up to the lakes. There's one creek crossing that could potentially be hard in the spring.

Friday, May 30, 2014

One word. Amazing! This area reminds me so much of Yosemite and the Western Sierras. It is the crown jewel of the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Never in my life have I seen so many waterfalls on a single hike (over 30, no joke), although you do need to travel a short distance off trial for the rewarding views. This is an excellent trip best spent over a few days.