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Long Canyon Trail to Deer Lake is a 13.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lewiston, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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.

Length 13.2 mi Elevation gain 4,534 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Backpacking

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Forest

Lake

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Julia Rine
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Hiking

Did this last year over Labor Day- tough hike but gorgeous! There are spectacular views to be had and Bee Tree Gap is a very unique pass. When we did it there was quite a bit of bushwhacking we had to do, I’m not sure if that’s still there. We did the long canyon trail and the four lakes loop and out all in one day, which I would NOT recommend. It was absolutely brutal due to the elevation gain and loss, and raw mileage. I would definitely camp at deer lake or summit lake and do the loop and out on the 2nd day.

Angela Chang
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HikingBugsNo shade

This is my second time to Trinity Alps. This hike is not long but is difficult due to the rapid change in elevation. We hiked to deer lake. Started at 8am. The parking lot was almost full at that point. We camped at Deer Lake and the next day did the 4 Lakes Loop. Did a detour down to Summit Lake as well. Beautiful vistas and plenty of water to filter along the trail. Dog friendly.

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Nicole Dalesio
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Hiking

This trail was stunningly beautiful. I would definitely recommend it, and at this time of the year. The elevation gain made it more challenging than we anticipated, but it was worth it. Water is plentiful and great quality. There was a combination of shade and sun and lots of beautiful scenery. It was more crowded on Friday than I anticipated. I think everyone had the same ideas as us.

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Aaron K
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BackpackingMuddySnow

Beautiful hike, though especially given the weather the views were not particularly memorable! There was a legitimate snow storm as we were going up but that didn't stop us from having a great time! A little muddy in places and the trail got lost in a stream at parts but it was totally workable. We passed a few people along the way but it wasn't super crowded, probably due to the weather. It was really windy and cold up at Deer Lake so we ended up turning around and camping down where there were more trees for better wind protection and more firewood. Would definitely be interested in going back to try the full four lakes loop.

ANNA NOEL
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HikingSnow

I’m not sure why this trail is rated hard- most of it is fairly level with some decent climbs. I took my dogs and they loved it! The majority of the trail was soft dirt, well shaded, and with several small stream crossings. I only got 5 miles in and had to stop as the trail seemed to veer off into pretty deep snow. It was FREEZING at night. One dog slept in my sleeping bag, the other wore my puffer jacket. Come prepared! I loved this trail!

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Allison Browar
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BackpackingSnow

There is some snow along the trail but the temperature did not get too cold at night. It was about 50 degrees F at its lowest. Beautiful views at deer lake and chilly, crystal clear water. Many streams along the trail to refill water.

Peter Rowinsky
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BackpackingSnow

Really a stunning backpacking trip. Challenging ascent to Deer Lake, with some tricky navigation of snow even this far into the summer, and a hearty elevation gain. We passed several groups who were on their way down on Sunday as we were coming up. Once at the Lake, just 1 other party, and they left Monday AM. Whole place to ourselves. We recovered and then took day packs for the Four Lakes Loop, which was stunning; still had Deer Lake to ourselves at the end of Monday, with a refreshing dip and delicious dinner. No bugs at all, other than the butterflies, who enjoyed the vibrant displays of wildflowers almost as much as we did.

Ginger Childress
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Hiking

FIRST, some of the pictures associated with this post should not be on here because you do not see them in the distance indicated on the map You WILL NOT see the gorgeous vistas in the 2.6 miles in. Also, it should not be named Long Canyon Trail to Deer Lake as it gets nowhere near Deer Lake. The 5.2 miles round trip only takes you into the forest 2.6 miles. with only a minimal view at 2.44 miles (according to my Apple watch). It is almost like the person who posted this trail got tired, quit and turned around. In fact you have to go to 4.04 miles one way before hitting a meadow where you do get beautiful views before heading back into the forest. We hiked 4.05 one way and had lunch in a meadow with nice views. The trail was wet the higher we climbed, but no snow on the trail. We had talked to some backpackers who said they could not go past about 6400 feet due to the deep snow. We stopped about 6150 feet elevation. About 1/2 mile before the meadow the trail veers to the right and at this time you have to go though brush encroaching on the trail to make it to the meadow. Just know if you take this hike you will be going much longer than noted on this trail map before hitting any views and much, much longer before the lake, which is not accessible (according to the backpackers) at this writing. If you read Jon Bartelts website he has posted, it appears you are only in the forest 1 mile before views. That is not correct.

thatDAD clint
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Backpacking

Beautiful, refreshing trail. Wild experience. This trail has great scenery - Thick forrest, meadows, creeks, craggily rocks. There are creeks available for water regularly along the trail. There is one area where you climb rock stairs upward for what seems like forever. If you have chicken legs like I do, it may destroy them :) About 2 miles in, my buddy & I were hit with an intermittent hail storm. We continued forward due to how much we were enjoying the trail. The intermittent hail turned to intermittent snow, but we pushed on knowing the storm would pass. The storm did not pass & we were not prepared for snow - we turned back at the peak above deer lake, deciding not to stay the night & trying to desperately make it back before dark. (BTW - my fitbit showed us at 6+ miles at that point). So about halfway back to the trailhead, we were heading through a sloped area, watching our footing & taking as we go. I looked up & there is a black bear in the middle of the trail about 60 feet in front of us. We hit our treking poles together, blew our whistles, & ad libbed some "go away bear lyrics". Success - our song was bad enough that the bear left. We made it back just in time to not need our flashlights.

Jon Bartelt
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Backpacking

This is a great trail that is many people do as a short backpacking trip. You camp at Deer Lake and then hike around the Four Lakes Loop on the next day. On the third day, you hike back out to your car. It's a great short backpacking trip with some awesome scenery. Here is a report I wrote with pics and maps that describes the route in detail: https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/four-lakes-loop/

David Costa
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Hiking

Amazing trail. Did this as a day hike Memorial Day 2018. Most people on trail were backpacking. Easily doable in a day. Steadily progressed uphill the whole way. Still a good amount of snow at high elevations on trail. Views are amazing and frequently changing. OF NOTE: this trail is ~ 1 mile longer than stated on this app but elevation change is close to true.

Ryan Taylor
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Great hike. Wear waterproof boots. Uphill battle at times, but well worth it.

Kristiana W.
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Gorgeous hike! Steep but my three year old was able to hike it just fine! Parking lot gets parked up fast, start early.

Brienna Chamberlain
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Backpacking

Very difficult uphill battle but absolutely gorgeous along the way. Definitely worth it. Tons of wildflowers, and changes in scenery. Waterfalls, snow, fields of flowers, giant trees and granite peaks surrounding you. There were many switchbacks and intense elevation gain but the trail was well marked.

Bethany Korinne
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Backpacking

Starts of slow- pretty but forgettable. Then the trail turns into Tropical California. SO amazing. I felt like I was in Hawaii with so much plant diversity. I backpacked this last year, 2016 in July and there was snow covering the trail at times making it harder to traverse, but manageable. Amazing views. Made base camp at Siligo Meadow and did four loops lake as a day hike. This is an amazing 3 night backpack.

Troy Murdock
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Hiking

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. Photo Album: http://imgur.com/a/xctqt 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.

Debbie Wedemeyer
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Hiking

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.

Andrea Johnson
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Hiking

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.

Carol Mowat
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Hiking
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Shannon burg
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Ryan Hester
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Greg Rogers
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Brienna Chamberlain
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Terra Haywood
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Marcio S.
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Backpacking