Explore the most popular fishing trails near Trinity Center with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The secrets out for this area, try and check it out early in the spring, there’s an abundance of wildflowers and wild onion that grow in the meadows.

hiking
2 months ago

Is a permit required for camping?

4..0hours to the lake via a a unrelentingly steep trail.

hiking
5 months ago

I hiked this trail as a day hike with my dog and a friend in November 2017. I had seen the previous recording of 14-15 miles and thought that I could do that in a day hike at a quick pace. The trail ended up being 20+ miles to Alpine lake from Stuart Fork TH. We got held up for 30+ minutes trying to find a dry place to cross Stuart Fork about 7 miles into the hike. There was no definite dry crossing established, so we took off our shoes and waded through midcalf deep frigid water. The climb from the creek to alpine lake is steep , a good work out , though hard to do at a fast pace when sunset is nearing. We misjudged the elevation and got stuck in some snow for the last mile. Snow shoes would have allowed us to get to the lake, but we ran out of daylight. There was a beautiful waterfall that we accepted as worthy of our climb and started down to cross the creek before it got dark. Headlamps saved the day for the trek back to trailhead. I'll definitely retry this hike as part of a 3 day backpacking trip including Emerald and sapphire lakes when the snow clears and will re-review at that time. Overall, pretty hike, challenging ascent.

backpacking
6 months ago

Favorite trail! Great backpacking camps up there too!

I just went on September 30th 2017 and the weather was great. The lakes were beautiful but not much of a hike if that is what you were looking for. There is a road where you can drop in from the top and only have to walk about a half a mile to the lake.

backpacking
7 months ago

The directions provided by Google Maps are unclear if you want to get to the trail head and not park where you must wade across the Trinity River: From route 3, turn onto Bear Creek Loop and that will get you to the trail head.
The hike is not especially long but it is straight up and it gets steeper in the last mile or so. I did not encounter any accessible (late September) water sources until I was well past the halfway point so bring water (1.5 liters was more than sufficient for me). If the campsites at the north side of the lake are taken, there are several campsites further up and along the south side of the lake but that does take work to get to. Once the sun went down, it was chilly and there was frost everywhere late at night and the early morning.
The hike up is worth it because the lake and the surrounding area is beautiful.

hiking
9 months ago

Breathtaking... both physically and emotionally! This is the perfect challenging day hike, you'll work your tushie off on the way up but the reward is so, so sweet . Absolutely beautiful scenery and Big Bear Lake is the perfect temp for a dip to cool off at the end. Definitely recommend morning this time of year, I started at noon and it was pretty darn warm. There are several creeks on the way up if you have a doggo who wants to cool off, but I'd suggest still bringing water for Fido just in case cause he'll be working hard, too! Love this hike, I'll be back!

backpacking
9 months ago

This is a rad hike. Beautiful views, get locations to camp, and fishing was great.

hiking
9 months ago

Perfect family hike. A good challenge for the younger ones. Gorgeous and abundant wildflowers. Lunch in the shade at upper deadfall lake and a Mt Eddy ascent for those looking for a little more adventure. Wonderful day.

Fantastic hike!! Just do it, you'll be glad you did! Great views, lush forest, vibrant wildflowers, small waterfalls, and stunning lakes make this one of the best hikes I've ever done. Plus our dogs had a blast.

10 months ago

Sonya ST gave good description. water temperature for swimming in early July.

backpacking
10 months ago

Attempted in Feb. Made it to the canyon before Big Bear Lake before the sun went down and the temperature dropped. Snow has 10-15ft deep where we stopped. Snow was hard with 6" of powder. Did not need snowshoes. Also we had to park 2 miles down the road as the road was closed by the highway turnoff.

hiking
10 months ago

Big Bear Lake trail was absolutely beautiful. If you are an avid hiker I would consider this trail easy-moderate. If you don't hike frequently, you could consider it more on the hard-challenging side. You will end up climbing a near 3000 ft during this 10 mile hike.

Surprisingly, we saw a gigantic rattle snake at the top of the trail about .5 mi from the lake, so be aware they are still out even at this elevation with snow on the ground. (June 25th)

The views were breathe taking. A jump in the crystal clear lake was very refreshing when we reached the destination. If hiking earlier in the morning (recommended) be prepared to eat some bugs. :p. They don't bite, but they can definitely be an annoyance for the early portion of the trail.

I would most definitely do this trail again, and probably again. The tranquil lake and all it's peaceful surrounding views make for a beautiful hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. Doable with a pregnant wife. A bit crazy in the early spring though with snow on the ground. Some gnarly crosses (see pics) that require prudence. .

Camp at deadfall and summit Eddy! Nice little backpacking trip. Makes a good day hike too.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Great hike! Beautiful lake and surrounding granite peaks. Went in June, camped one night and was the only person there. Didn't make it to little or wee bear lakes, had to save for next time.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

It was like walking into Disneyland as a kid. Easy hike/walk in and then for a real challenge the summit of Mt Eddy. Perfect area, lots of different sections to explore and hang out.

backpacking
Friday, July 22, 2016

We followed the trail in from Deadfall Meadows TH on July 18th and out on 20th. Boggy area at beginning otherwise great trail to a marvelous adventure. Camped on South side of main Deadfall Lake, less windy. Only downside, no campfires allowed at this time.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Quite literally one of the most beautiful hikes we've ever been on. The wind really picks up as you get toward the top, and it's cold, but that's to be expected around 9,000 ft with snow pack still around. The portion to Dead Fall Lakes is really pleasant with very gentle inclines so it's very family friendly.

camping
Monday, September 21, 2015

This hike was wonderful once we reached the gorgeous lake. the hike, while pretty, was honestly one of the hardest hikes I've done. And I'm an in shape 26 year old. With about 36 pounds on my back. Was definitely not easy I would not recommend this if you are out of shape or taking the kids. Lol or a smoker. It is straight up the almost entire time. It plateaus for about a quarter mile then your bushwacking and Creek climbing for another good 800 to 1000 feet. The next day My brother and I also chose to climb the pyramid like granite peak on the west of the lake. It separates little and big bear and was a challenging boulder mt climb but we'll worth the great view. We then side hilled over to the other two lakes and went down to them. We then hiked back to camp at big bear. Then hiked out, so that was a strenuous day. Again this hike is gorgeous and was worth it but it is by no means easy. Canyon Creek was cake compared to this one.

hiking
Saturday, July 04, 2015

This is one of the easier Trinity hikes. We added on McDonald & a scramble up to Upper Stoddard, then had a refreshing swim from the north shore of the lake where it looked less mucky. One of the meadows we passed through was filled with pitcher plants, a.k.a. cobra plants.

hiking
Saturday, June 20, 2015

We took this hike late in the fall & were pleasantly distracted from some of the scenery because of the abundance & variety of mushrooms! The hike was moderately difficult, first through forest, then manzanita, before opening up to granite slopes before reaching the lake. The day we went, there were icy streams flowing. Next time, I want to go find Little & Wee Bear Lakes, too!

hiking
Monday, June 08, 2015

Sonya ST gives the perfect description. This trail can be very challenging in certain places. It is not as easy as the trail descriptions say it is. But, all in all it is well worth the effort.

hiking
Friday, May 22, 2015

Nice, easy hike & you'll probably see pitcher plants near the streams.

hiking
Friday, May 22, 2015

nice, fairly easy hike. The upper (Little Boulder lake) was warm for swimming late in the season & we saw decent size trout. The lower lake is bigger & it looked like there were a lot of camp-sites (& campers). Trail continues further beyond in 2 directions if you're seeking more solitude.

hiking
Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Did as a day hike. I would rate as moderate due to distance and elevation gain. Big Bear Lake is one of the most beautiful alpine lakes I have ever been to. the water is crystal clear and there are an abundance of trout in the lake. The hike up is borderline amazing, traveling through old growth groves and across granite. If you can do this hike on a weekday, you may be the only person there. love it

camping
Sunday, August 10, 2014

Beautiful lakes. Easy trail. I took my 9 year old and she had a nice time in nature. Mosquitos were a problem since there are no campfires allowed at the time of year we went. There was a group of kids on the other side of the lake, so there was a lot of activity. Well worth the crazy drive in, but the GPS map on my car plus the map in my hand got us there just fine. Would go again! Mid-July, 2014. Mosquitos seemed to be less of a problem at little boulder lake.

hiking
Sunday, September 15, 2013

Did big bear with a 2 night, 4-person backpacking trip. With a heavy pack it is quick a trek up and down the trail with the 3k elevation gain. Took our group 6 hours up over mid-day and three hours down over early morning. The lake is in a beautiful bowl with small adolescent salmon jumping out of the water at night and a pair of owls. Saw some bear sign on the way up but no live bears. There are a couple of good campsites right off the trail and possibly one on the other side of the lake (takes a little bit to get there). All sites filled up by Saturday night in early September so it looks well used. Once your there the hike to wee bear can be fun, technical and difficult. Took 4-hours round trip for one pair in our party. Overall the lake is great but it takes a while to get to. Plan ahead and leave early.

hiking
Friday, September 13, 2013

What little trail information I could pull together on this hike was incorrect. First, it is not 3.5 miles one way; it is 4.4 miles one way. It is not "Easy/Moderate", it is moderate to somewhat demanding in parts.

The trailhead can be difficult to find because of the logging roads that shoot off the main dirt road. We took two wrong roads before getting it right. The road is rough and a 4x4 is recommended.

The trailhead is at 5134 ft elevation and the peak climb is 5934, for an elevation gain of 800, however, this is deceiving because much of this trail is steep. By the time we went up and down and up and down, our round trip elevation gain was 1,982 according to my GPS and hike tracker!

About 1/3 of the trail is rocky, so wear good sturdy shoes. This is the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 (tough on the feet). We had to do a little rock "scrambling" toward the last mile.

At mile 1.75 there was still a spring running in mid-Sept. and it feeds into a beautiful meadow. It's great if you have your 4-legged friends along so it saves some of your water. At mile 3, there's another spring and the turnoff to the left for Stoddard Lake and to the right for Doe Lake. We took the left and from that point, Stoddard Lake was another 1.5 miles straight up in a rocky wash. We did not even sight the lake until we had hiked in 4.3 miles...but when we did, it was all worth it!

The two of us and our dog were the ONLY people at this whole big, beautiful lake. In fact, we never saw a single soul the entire trip! Granite mountains jutted up on the opposite shore and the sight was breathtaking. Both of us jumped in and took a swim. It was not too cold in Sept. and that sure did hit the spot! A great spot to have lunch or pitch a tent as we saw evidence of a prior backpacker. The RT took about 3-hrs and that beer sure tasted good when we came down! We would definitely hike this again!

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