Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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!

hiking
6 months ago

Day hiked this trail 11/4/17. Nice trail with pleasant views of the creek. The trail leads right through Messner’s cabin site. Trail crosses through drainage at times and the water was not bad yet. Don’t remember how many crossings and those were fine too (water isn’t very high at all yet). Ice in some shady areas but still not too cold. Nice views of snow covered peaks on your way back down trail. When circling the lake, the east side had shin deep, boot sucking mud...passable if you cling to the bushes but we were only day hiking so no backpacks— actual mileage may vary.

backpacking
6 months ago

This was an awesome 4 day adventure for me and my Buddy.
But, I want to start with a slight disagreement with the All Trails route selection of proceeding directly up (or down) the stream during the "off trail" section to/from Lake Anna. As confirmed by the Rangers I spoke to, and in the book "Trinity Alps & Vicinity," by Mike White, a "better off trail route" for arriving to, or in our case departing from, Lake Anna is to either (if coming in from the North), proceed further along the "official" trail toward Deer Creek Pass, then contour over back to Lake Anna, or if coming from the South, to angle up to the Ridgecrest from the "end" of the "official" Bowerman Meadow Trail, then traverse over to Lake Anna. (I've attached a very, very rough photo - our approx. route is in purple and the ranger's description in green.
Another difference in recommended route selection, would be to avoid the multiple creek crossings in Bowerman Meadow, shown on the Alltrails map, and stick to the meadow trail itself.
Other than those differences, I completely agree with the previous reviews that this is an Epic Backpacking Adventure. We spent 4 days enjoying this Area and will be back. See pics for details.

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.

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
8 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.

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

Beautiful trial with heaps of wildflowers.

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

First three miles or so are done in a car. A Scion XB had done it when we came back to the car, so as long as you're careful most cars can make it. Signs say 2.5 miles from parking lot, we measured it on the way back and got 4 miles (it feels more like 4 too). Mostly up hill. Lake was gorgeous. The creeks were all very passable and there was no snow what so ever.

backpacking
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 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.

hiking
10 months ago

I did a day hike to Tangle Blue with a group of 7 extended family members on July 15, 2017. We started hiking at 8am, when it was on 60 degrees. It was over 90 when we returned to the cars at 12 noon, so I really recommend tackling this uphill hike early in the morning in Summer. A lot of the hike is through lush green meadows and the lake is beautiful. The creeks have dropped to summer levels, so all of the crossings were safe. The lake is beautiful and warm enough for a long swim before hiking back. I really recommend a visit to Tangle Blue.

The dirt road to the trailhead has some washouts where culverts failed this past spring but it is not too bad. My Subaru Outback had no trouble at all.

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!

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.

backpacking
10 months ago

Absolutely spectacular hike up Long Canyon, it really is such a special place and quite a rewarding view for a relatively short hike in. This being said, we never actually made it to Lake Anna due to extra snow pack this year and I wanted to leave a review here for others who may attempt it. The final scramble up to the lake is definitely no joke and should be done with caution. We tried to scramble around a make-shift way but it proved to be too steep. My advice would be to wait until later in the season to attempt this. We probably could have hiked up it on the snow but there is a stream under the snow (the part you typically scramble up the side of) and the snow was very unstable and cracking and wasn't worth the risk of falling down the waterfall below. We ended up camping out on a peak just below the lake overlooking the canyon, the stars at night were breathtaking. Even if we didn't make it all the way, it was still a great hike and we will definitely re-attempt later in the season! As always, keep it wild and leave it better than you found it. the Trinity Alps are one of very few places in California that are still seemingly untouched and unadulterated by humans who over-use the land and don't respect it's delicate balance, I hope everyone has the chance to experience this magical place.

10 months ago

Just did part of this loop on June 12-14, 2017. The road was in great condition, though the lack of signage at several intersections made route-finding a little difficult. The hike from the trailhead to Lillypad Lake and back is was pleseant, though the snow started in earnest around 6,000 feet and made following the trail for the last section to the lake impossible. There were also plenty of tree-falls blocking the trail, but they weren't difficult to hike around. Continued up to the tarns above Lillypad Lake but needed crampons and ice axes to do so. This section was gorgeous. Climbed Ycatapom Peak from this area. All in all a nice trip.

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

dont go on this hike! there are wayyyy better hikes all throughout the trinity alps. Huge elevation gain in short period of time. Not well-marked toward the top and not much great scenery.

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.

backpacking
11 months ago

Just went on 06-10-17. This was my sixth trip, and while I am still new to backpacking, I feel most any adult could do this trek. The first 3 miles are done with your vehicle which I suggest has some clearance to it (Subarus need not apply) as there are washout along this part. My stock 02 tundra does just fine and I've seen a Honda CRV do it too. 4x4 would be preferred, but I do just fine without. The steepest parts are the very beginning and the end where you find the trailhead. Once on the trail you pretty much just follow along the edge of the creek. It is a beautiful hike! All types of terrain with a few ice patches still left near the lake. Took my 8 yr old friend Tucker and had to carry him over the creek twice, but he's got four legs and is short too! The mountain at the top still has a bit of snow/ice on it. Keeps the lake nice and cold. Snow capped mountain, blue skies, cool breeze, green grass, tall pines, and a clear lake. I really can't imagine a more beautiful spot. And for you fly fishing aficionados try the crack back aero PMD.

on Boulder Creek

11 months ago

Fallen trees and stream crossings made it more challenging than expected! But overall beautiful!

backpacking
11 months ago

Just got back from Tangle this weekend 6/4/17: 4th year we've gone and the road up to trailhead is by FAR gnarlier than ever - tons of washouts creating deep, boulder-filled dips in the road. BEEFY TIRES AND 4-WHEEL DRIVE are now a must! All trail signage is also gone except the very last one before the parking area.
Actual trail condition: washed-out in many areas, roughed up from still-melting snow, 3 thigh-high creek-crossings (have a good harness if bringing a dog) but generally GORGEOUS as ever! The snow-capped mountainside and thin layer of ice on the lake was an incredible view to sip our coffee/rum next to. Never a disappointment, just a tad more adventurous this time around!

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