Trinity County Trails and Day Hikes

Trails into the Trinity Alps, the Yolla Bolla Wilderness and along the South Fork of the Trinity River offer day hikes with a variety of geography, wildlife and scenery. The Granite Creek and Stuarts Fork trails are two of the more popular trails into the Trinity Alps, offering scenic panoramas and within easy walking distance of the trailheads. The South Fork Trinity River National Recreation Trail follows the South Fork Trinity River for 21 miles, from Scott Flat Campground near Forest Glen to Wildwood Road, and for four miles from a trailhead near Hyampom to Forest Glen.

Stuarts Fork Trail

The Stuarts Fork hike starts by traveling by car though the Trinity Alps Resort to Bridge Camp. The road is dirt after leaving the resort, but easily passable. This trail does not vary much in elevation. Good fishing is found along the creek on this trip. The trail is well marked and an easy trip to take in a day. The hiker is treated to views of high mountain ridges and rushing mountain waters.

Granite Peak Trail

This trip starts with a drive up the Granite Peak Rd., off of Highway 3, just before the Mule Creek guard station. At the end of the road the trail starts and climbs quickly. This is an extremely steep hike and only those in good physical condition should attempt this climb. At the end of the trial you will find ourself on the top of a mountain with magnificent views. It is 4.6 miles from the trail head to the top of Granite Peak.

Bowerman/Long Canyon Trail

This trial divides with Long Canyon to the north and Bowerman to the south. Both contain high country meadows surrounded by towers of bare rock. Long Canyon is for the strong hiker, but Bowerman offers more gentle grades.

Swift Creek Trail

The trail is reached by taking the Swift Creek Rd out of Trinity Center. From here a good trail with easy grades heads into the primitive area. One passes through timber and meadows, sees the Swift Creek Gorge and is surrounded by towering mountains. You can take the Granite Creek trail turnoff (just a mile in on Swift Creek) which leads to a wonderful day hike experience to Granite Lake. The distance from the trailhead to Granite Lake is 5 miles.

Eleanor/Shimmey Lake Trails

The trail starts by traveling to the end of the Lake Eleanor Rd. off of Swift Creek Road. Here one begins the trip and within 1/ mile reaches Lake Eleanor. On past this picturesque mountain lake you continue until you finally reach Shimmey lake, you will observe towering Ycatapom Peak. The trip is relatively easy and will be enjoyed by the less experienced hiker. Shimmey Lake is just 3.6 miles from the trailhead.

Big/Little Boulder Lake Trails

The majority of the travel to the Boulders is spent on Carr Rd., just past Trinity Center. It is only a mile or so from the end of Carr Rd. into the lakes. The two lakes sit a mile apart from each other surrounded by forest and granite. Little Boulder is a deeper, rockier lake than the lilypad covered Big Boulder.

Stoddard/McDonald Lake Trails

The trail to these double lakes makes for an excellent day in the woods. You get to the trailhead by taking a gravel road off of Highway 3, just 3 miles past Coffee Creek Ranger Station. The hike itself is only 3 miles through meadows and thick forest. This trail is enjoyed by all, as it provides a comfortable walk and exquisite scenery.

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