Explore the most popular horseback riding 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?

Easy hike with views to the northwest, southwest, south and east and the treat of a lake at the end. A regular for the Siskiyou Wanderers, often in winter or spring.

backpacking
6 months ago

Favorite trail! Great backpacking camps up there too!

Very nice trail, especially as access trail to Four Lakes area, which is what we used it for. Difficult to do as a day hike because of massive elevation gain. First 5 miles or so is a monotonous climb of 2,700 ft, which isn't too difficult, relatively speaking, thanks to even grade and smooth forest cover. The views of the lake and the mountains are breathtaking. The last 2.5 miles or so change elevation and scenery rapidly. Some ascents and descents are quite hard on tired legs because of granite stairs or rock. This section is totally gorgeous though. All in all, you should be in excellent shape to enjoy it, and - as I already said - best to use it as a part of a multi-day hike around Red Alps.

Navigation to the trail - beware: if you hit "direction" on this AllTrails trail descriptions to navigate to the trailhead, it will take you to the wrong place! We lost over 2 hours trying to find the trailhead, which is accessible from a different road altogether.

We enjoyed this hike very much, as it had been years since we had been out with packs. It was just right to get us warmed up to hiking again. Found some beautiful spots along Union Creek. Beautiful meadows and wild flowers. And we had union lake all to ourselves!! Well almost. Sock eating chipmunks were abundant. Lol. And many many Deer. So peaceful!! July 27th 2017

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

Amazing backpacking weekend all with a full moon!

Follow a bumpy gravel road 6 miles to the trail head but totally approachable in a car. Did it on 5/27 which would be just barley outside the recommended season after a snowy season. We made it about 9 or 10 miles in going counter clockwise close to the north side of seven up peak with mountains surrounding giant meadows. This early we encountered several (4-5) river /creek crossings ranging from a 1.5 to 3 feet. after 6 miles, snow drifts covered more and more of the landscape interrupted by big lush green meadows, making the trail difficult to impossible to trace but we followed the Bear creek occasionally finding stone made pathways and lightly visible trails. We are for sure going to try this again when more snow has melted. It is totally worth it even early in the season if you like an adventure but would totally recommend past June depending on the season.

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.

backpacking
Saturday, December 31, 2016

I can't wait to go back and check this trail out again. I used it every weekend to get to different lakes and peaks in the Trinity Alps. Stargazing in Mumford Meadows is a must!

backpacking
Thursday, November 10, 2016

This was my first time backpacking and my husband thought a challenge would be ok. The first mine felt super easy, we reached a bridge and the view was breathtaking! A little down from the bridge was a great spot for camping. unfortunately the previous people didn't put out their fire, so we got some water from the river and put it out. There was a load of switchbacks going up a huge granite rock that was pretty exhausting and you see this huge opening! Don't be fooled like me, it was mumford meadows, not the lake. You have another mile to go up more switchbacks up another granite slab. A bit more woods and then you see the huge granite cliffs! There's a few spots to camp, cross a stream(great for filtering your water because you're probably low or out) and you find a few more spots near the water. We choose the furthest for privacy and knew it'd help keep our two dogs calmer. It had a slight decline, a perfect fire pit with bench made of slab of wood across two boulders. Climb up from the spot and there was still plenty of great wood and twigs for a night fire and morning fire. Waking up to that sunrise was amazing, i saw it creep down the face of the mountain. The hike back was nice. I recommend wearing pants, parts of the trail were brushy and I was glad to not have my legs scratched up. Overall I can't wait to repeat this trail! I have a much firmer grasp on how to pack, and what to expect!

backpacking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

We have done this loop counterclockwise, and didn't regret it one bit as it has allowed us to completely avoid the crowds even though it was a long weekend.

A word of caution: even though this trail description says the loop is 14.2 miles, in reality it's closer to 17-18.

On the first day we walked 7.5 miles to Bear Basin and camped on an established camping site. The closest human soul was an entire 1 mile away, and we got an amazing experience of being alone in the wilderness.

On the second day it took us another 5 miles to reach the Seven Up Pass. The Seven Up Pass was the most beautiful part of the hike. Wherever you are hiking from, make sure you traverse it! We were originally thinking to connect to the Four Lakes Loop from there, however, that trail involved going down into the Black Deer Valley and coming up on the other side just as much as we have just done out of the Bear Valley, and we didn't feel up to it.

So we had an amazing lunch in an incredible tucked in spot at Seven up Pass and headed down to the Granite Lake. Granite Lake was a zoo - we counted 10 tents visible just from the trail! It really felt like there needed to be an established bathroom there at this point, it was so overcrowded. So we headed down to the car. The second day for us was 11 miles, which is a bit of a stretch with backpacks.

More photos and description can be found here:
https://csgirllife.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/granite-lake-and-seven-up-pass-trinity-alps-backpacking/

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.

It was pretty steep and fun

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.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Beautiful hike with spectacular views a number of options to create a nice loop or connect to other trailers. Morris meadow is a beautiful walk to the higher elevations with the anticipation of high alpine beauty this will inspire you with amazing lupus fields scattered with a variety of incredible wild flowers. It's a moderate hike go enjoy the beauty!!!!

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.

hiking
Saturday, September 12, 2015

This is a pretty easy hike by Trinity standards. Moderate for first mile, then about 2 miles in goes down to a bridge crossing of Union Creek, then almost level. The lake's about 5 or 6 miles in, traveling near the creek & past a few nice meadows. We had a couple boulder-hop type crossings in June of a dry year, so I imagine in spring/early summer of a normal year they could be tougher.

hiking
Saturday, September 12, 2015

By Trinity standards, this is an easy hike. It starts out moderately for about a mile, then levels out & goes down to a bridge crossing about 2 miles in. There were a few creek crossings that could be difficult in the spring, but they were just boulder-hops in June of a dry year.There are a few nice meadows before you get to Union Lake.

hiking
Saturday, September 12, 2015

Moderate hike to the lake, 5 miles in & passing some cool waterfalls along the way & good views of what's ahead when you emerge out of the forest & into a meadow. Then it gets steep to the gap, where you can see down into the Deer Creek basin, Round Lake, & across to Siligo Peak; & Luella Lake, tucked into a shelf. If you have time, you can just traverse the trail over to Bear Basin & go out that way, re-connecting with the Swift Creek Trail, for a total of 17 or 18 miles.

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
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

Great trail with a lot of options--Horseshoe lake is where this trail ends, but you can access Granite Lake Trail, Bear Basin Trail or 4-Lakes Loop easily (among others).

hiking
Friday, May 22, 2015

Easy hike as far as Mumford Meadows, then trail steepens. We camped at ward lake & had beautiful sunrise & sunsets. Day-hiked down a SteepWard Lake trail continuation the next day, & to awesome Horseshoe Lake, cold for swimming, but refreshing! and surrounded by granite.

hiking
Friday, May 22, 2015

We went to Lander's Lake overnite via the Boulder Creeks TH. Strenuous, but worth it. Up past Poison Canyon, down towards Union Creek, up to lake passing gorgeous meadows. Next day went down to Union Creek area, then way up to Foster & back down past Lion, eventually crossing creek that loops back to Boulder Lake & out. The views near the top of trail to Foster (and the flower-lined granite steps of the trail itself) were amazing! Also, there are ponds, a meadow & a view of Union Lake above landers.

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