Canyon Creek Lakes Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,629' 801 m
Descent: -2,629' -801 m
High: 5,742' 1,750 m
Low: 3,121' 951 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A popular run into the heart of the Trinity Alps.”— Miguel Vieira
After about 2.5 miles, climb switchbacks to your first real views along the trail. These switchbacks get full sun in the afternoon so take that into account when planning your start time. About 4 miles in, pass Lower Canyon Creek Falls. Pass Middle Canyon Creek Falls around 4.5 miles and run through Canyon Creek meadows at 5 miles.
The "meadows" is a bit of a misnomer, most of this is an open wooded area with multiple small streams flowing through. There are multiple locations to camp the meadows if you are splitting up the trip.
Pass the junction with Boulder Creek Lakes Trail at 5.8 miles. Climb more switchbacks to Upper Canyon Creek Falls. Run through a meadow where you cross Canyon Creek at about 6.5 miles. There is a log at the crossing which can be wet when the runoff is still high. Past this you go past the stone house before the final climb to the Canyon Creek Lakes.
Brewer spruce, with its weeping boughs, is common along this trail and only grows in the Klamath Mountains of northern California and southwestern Oregon.
There are lizards everywhere you look on the rocks. Also expect to see gopher snakes, rubber boas (the coloring of the juveniles is a surprising orange), and possible a rattle snake.
There are also butterflies everywhere , at least in late spring/early summer. We had many land on us or are gear when we would stop to rest.
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