Canyon Creek Lakes Trail

HARD 29 reviews
#1 of 29 trails in

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.

DISTANCE
14.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3047 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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.

3 days ago

Amazing! After the first four miles it's BEAUTIFUL the whole way! :)

backpacking
6 days ago

Our first time on this trail--and in Trinity Alps. Did 3 day backpack and loved it! Stayed above upper falls on the small island in the stream, then 2 nights at Lower Canyon Creek lake. Saw Osprey hunting in the evening at the lake. There is a cord over the log used to cross Canyon Creek below the outlet from the lower lake, but it's still a challenge to stay balanced with a full pack. We day hiked up to Boulder Creek lakes which are a bit warmer and the vistas are amazing. Trail is a bit overgrown but doable. People were taking full packs up. Bugs were minimal and weather warm to hot during days. Heard that there were sightings of a mountain lion but we didn't see any large animals.

8 days ago

Great hike I've done it five times always something new to find! Went up to L this time had a great time route was easy to find best way up, is up lol! Still some snow up at L, Kalmia is my next goal in a few weeks in August!! Be back soon

backpacking
13 days ago

This trail was absolutely beautiful, there was plenty of space for camping right on the trail, and given that it was a holiday weekend, It wasn't that packed, although the parking lot was building and we had to park about a 1/4 mile down the road. Plenty of spots to refill your water.

backpacking
16 days ago

backpacking
16 days ago

Gorgeous first backpacking experience! Holiday weekend was crowded but not as bad as I expected. Spent first night at the upper lake, but it was just too hot so we moved down to the woodsy area for the next night- found a perfect spot in front of a waterfall! Much more enjoyable & cooler sleeping. Would recommend camping in any of the lower woods areas to keep cool and just day hike to lakes. The heat on those granite slabs and all day sun was unbearable! Very little shade spots at the lakes.

hiking
17 days ago

1 month ago

Booooo ya. This is heaven.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail although still a bit early in the season. Numerous water crossings can be difficult with children. Absolutely beautiful place.

1 month ago

Enjoyed this hike a great deal.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

backpacking
10 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.

11 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)

Friday, July 15, 2016

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.

backpacking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

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.

backpacking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016