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.

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.

10 days ago

Booooo ya. This is heaven.

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

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

16 days ago

Enjoyed this hike a great deal.

19 days ago

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22 days ago

backpacking
9 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.

10 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)

11 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.

backpacking
11 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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11 months ago

backpacking
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11 months ago

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

hiking
Sunday, May 29, 2016

hiking
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!!!!

hiking
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.