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Granite Lake via Swift Creek Trail

MODERATE 44 reviews

Granite Lake via Swift Creek Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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 are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,057 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Rated as a moderate, Swift Creek to Granite Lake is challenging with a constant incline throughout. From the trailhead to Granite will run roughly a 2.5 hour mark. At the end of the designated trail on the map you'll find the first set of campsites, which do not have water access. If you continue west, you'll reach the north side of the lake which has other camp sites with access to the water. Mosquitoes are constant throughout. The trail is 70% shaded. Springs are available about every mile. Great scenery!

hiking
over grown
21 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

Absolutely phenomenal. Breathtaking scenery. Just go. You’ll thank me later. :)

hiking
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

The lake is beautiful as most are in the Trinity Alps. Even though it was crowded with 7+ parties, everyone was able to spread out. Mosquitoes are bothersome especially in the meadows below the lake. Access to the lake is limited to a few campsites, but water is easy to find in both inflowing and outflowing streams. Spotted an Osprey soaring above the lake at dusk.

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful the whole way! Cover up if you're sensitive to brush and plants and wear shoes good for rocks. The lake is awesome and perfect to jump in after the hike in. We saw deer and a bear on the way out. Our pup had a good time too!

backpacking
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great moderately difficult day hike. I was in and out with the dog in about five and a half hours. Got some swimming in. The water was nice and brisk. Not much shore access, so expect to use the rocks to get down into the lake. Plenty of waterfalls, old growth cedars, and two meadows. This little hike has it all.

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike- stream crossings all manageable as of 7-13-19. No snow from the trailhead to the lake. Day hiked to Seven Up Peak, small patches of snow near the top of this extra day hike. Surprisingly crowded, but gorgeous

backpacking
2 months ago

Backpacked to Granite Lake this past weekend. This was my second trip into Trinity Alps and more so than a lot of CA destinations, the beauty is matched by the crowds. If you want a preferable spot, get up early and hike fast. That said, everyone seemed to get comfy campsites. We fished both days and caught and released 6 little brookies from the lake, none big enough to want to cook up. Dayhiked up to Seven Up Peak and had to pass a couple safe snowbanks. Right now there are a lot of mosquitos!

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful trail and definitely recommend it for views. It was a little harder than expected though with major elevation gain within two miles. Not a good pick for people with leg/knee issues or breathing problems. Bring water proof hiking boots!! There are a lot of little streams of water and muddy parts to cross after the third mile. It's also really rocky so sneakers won't protect your feet.

hiking
3 months ago

Very pleasant day hike. Came on a Friday around 9 AM with my dog - we didn't pass anyone on our way up, passed a few folks on the way down. Took about 4.5 hours total with a stop at the top for lunch. Trail is a little overgrown in sections, but I came out relatively unscathed wearing shorts.There are quite a few creek crossings, so be prepared to get your feet wet. The trail gets a little ambiguous near the lake, I just meandered toward a spot where I could get a nice view. There were some nice spots to camp around the lake if you're looking to stay overnight. The dirt/gravel road up to the trail is pretty smooth with the exception of a few potholes. Might have to take it slow for a low clearance vehicle, but I saw a Toyota Camry making it up fine on my way down.

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! We walked through a number of snow patches near the top and we got confused about the trail a few times but nothing too difficult. The bowl above the lake is still mostly snow covered and beautiful. The trail often had creeks with shallow water running through them, but on rocks or gravel - it was never muddy. We were happy to have brought waterproof hiking boots though.

hiking
10 months ago

Did this hike last summer. Excellent hike! The parking lot was packed with cars when we arrived, but only saw 2 other groups of people during the hike to Granite Lake. Passed some beautiful meadows along the way. Took two dogs with us and had a lot of fun.

hiking
11 months ago

A pretty trail throughout, definitely worthwhile. The first mile or two drive in on Swift Creek Road was paved, the last 3 or 4 miles to the trail head was gravel, some pot holes, not too bad but can't go more than 20 mph. From the turnoff from Hwy 3, the drive is about 30 minutes to the trail head parking, which has spots for maybe 15 cars and an overflow parking very close by that can fit another 30 cars. We went at the end of October, and the temperature was perfect, 50-70 degF between 11am-5:30pm, which is how long it took us, including an hour-long break. Didn't really encounter mosquitoes, there were a few but didn't bother us much, more bees, but not a lot to be bothersome either. Overall very pleasant condition. Fall colors were pretty. We saw a total of 3 other people the entire time even though there were about a total of 7-8 cars at the trail head.

backpacking
11 months ago

Went in September 2018. Lots of honeybees- better than mosquitoes I guess. Used it as a base camp and hiked to 4 lakes loop. Not an easy feat even without all of our gear. The trouts were very small in lake, but I believe it had just been stocked in August.

backpacking
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Beautiful hike with an amazing private campsite for us and our dogs. Pretty awesome

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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