Long Canyon Trail to Deer Lake is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lewiston, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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.
Highly recommended in Late June or early July. The trail head is easily accessible and there is ample parking. The first couple miles take you through beautiful pine forest before you emerge into the upper canyon. To the south you will see exposed red rocks, while to the north you will see exposed white granite - it almost feels like you are hiking in two canyons at once. There is a creek crossing where the trail can be a little tricky to follow but for the most part the trail is well-marked and well-maintained. At the top of the trail you will reach Bee Tree Gap and a view of Siligo Meadows. Turning south you have the option to proceed toward Echo Lake and turning North you will proceed to Deer Creek Pass and the beginning of the Four Lakes Loop. Outstanding scenery!
Remember to pack plenty of water or (better still) bring a water filter, as there is plenty to see, but the hike can be somewhat strenuous for novice to intermediate hikers.
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NOTE: As this site often does, multiple trails are joined under a single name. Long Canyon Trail is a 5.2 mile trial from Long Canyon Trail Head to Deer Creek Pass. The total distance of the trail as advertised here of 13+ miles include the Four Lakes Loop. Other sites will reference these as separate trails.
The trail starts out moderately for the first 2 miles or so, but once you get out of the forest, the trail steepens & the scenery just keeps getting better! At the big red metamorphic rock outcrops, there's an option to scramble up the gully to Anna Lake & down to Bowerman meadows. Or continuing on the trail, you'll get to bee Tree Gap with incredible views of Siligo meadows & all it's ponds. You can continue down & to the Four Lakes Loop or Deer Creek Pass (to the right) or down &cross the creek to the left & go back up to Little Stonewall Pass & to a large pond & beautiful Echo lake.
The mile inbetween the main Bowerman Meadows and the upper Meadows right below Lake Anna is supposed to be maintained trail. It is not. In fact, I couldn't find it at all after the feeder stream crossing that is approximately parallel to Granite Peak. Nonetheless, the rest of this trek is fantastic.