hiking
snow
10 days ago

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!

Great area. Good hike. But that trail could really use some maintenance. There were areas that the only way you knew it was a trail was because it was a 6” wide area that was just a little less steep than the rest of the hillside.

This hike is a grind! It goes pretty much straight up to the lake. I give it five stars because at Echo Lake you are rewarded with one of the most beautiful campsites I’ve ever been at. There are plenty of little water streams to refill and there is a parking lot for your car at the entrance of the trail. Be aware of that it is a 6 mile dirt road to the trail head, which can be navigated even with a Prius in good conditions.

This is a challenging climb but very nice varied terrain with a mix of sun and shade. Echo lake is phenomenal and very private. Makes a good base for excursions to four lakes loop or elsewhere. Saw even a bit of snow still just off the trail and near the lakes on the four lakes loop.

Very diverse terrain through the hike. A mixture of meadows, red granite, wildflowers, and pine forests. A steady incline from the trailhead up to stonewall pass. From the pass, you drop down into a beautiful basin that traverses over to echo lake. A few small streams along the way to filter water, though they may dry later in the season.

backpacking
snow
9 months ago

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.

on Lewiston Lake Trail

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

Perfect hike for kids and teens. Easy hike and beautiful views! Bring your camera and your swimsuit. We hiked on a Tuesday from 10:30 - 12:30 pm and we were the only ones there. We found 4 diferentes trails and all of them take you down to the water.

The hike to the high point of the trail (~mile 5.5) is great. Cool views of Granite Peak/the interior of Trinity Alps. The final mile has a very undefined “trail” that mostly involves bushwhacking through Manzanita bushes. Took over an hour to find a feasible route to the lake. If I hiked this trail again, probably wouldn’t finish that last mile. If you do attempt the final mile, long sleeves/pants recommended.

hiking
off trail
over grown
10 months ago

This would easily be a five-star hike if the trail ended with the summit. However, if you try and continue on to the lake you’re in for incredibly difficult terrain. The hike up is beautiful well worth it, but I don’t recommend bushwhacking past the trail and on to the lakes.

hiking
10 months ago

Four lakes loop

backpacking
snow
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful, calm hike along Lewiston Lake through different foliage. Not much elevation change (a few short hills). The lake is partially obstructed most of the time. Baker Gulch was flowing. Trail is a little overgrown in parts.

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.

See my review under "Swift Creek"

backpacking
Tue Oct 09 2018

Beautiful lake. One of my favorites in the Trinity Alps. Moderate hike with some scrambles but not too difficult. The few campsites are on the North side with picturesque views of awesome granite peaks with snowmelt falls cascading down the face.

backpacking
Wed Aug 22 2018

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.

backpacking
Thu Aug 16 2018

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/

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.

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

Mon May 28 2018

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

backpacking
Sun Apr 22 2018

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.

backpacking
Thu Jul 06 2017

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.

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.

The only reason this doesn't rate 5 stars is because of the lack of water the first 7 miles. It starts out moderately through forest & gets more strenuous when you come to a long, exposed (hot!) ridge. It goes back down along a rocky hillside, then into forest & up a brushy hillside before crossing a creek--these last stretches are usually not maintained, so be prepared for a bushwhack or bring shears. Once you cross the creek it's an easy scramble up the granite to the first lake. It's a little harder to get to the second lake & harder yet to the upper lake, but swimming is best at the upper lake. Early season there's streams & ponds everywhere.

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.

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