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Grizzly Lake from China Spring

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Run to the stunning Grizzly Lake and Grizzly Falls deep within the Trinity Alps.


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13.8

Miles

22.2

KM

68%

Runnable

7,167' 2,184 m

High

4,717' 1,438 m

Low

4,618' 1,407 m

Up

4,618' 1,408 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

47%

Max Grade (25°)

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Features Lake · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Free wilderness permits and campfire permits are required to enter the Trinity Alps Wilderness.

Overview

Grizzly Lake—fed by a glacier on the Trinity Alps' highest peak—doesn't have an outlet stream, but rather a spectacular 600-foot waterfall. Run through ancient forests and meadows on a journey to this awesome sight.

Description

From the trailhead, take the China Spring Trail and pass the boundary for the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Climb to Hunters Camp at the top of a ridge covered in burnt trees left by a recent fire.

From Hunters Camp drop into Grizzly Creek Canyon. There, you'll find a junction the North Fork Trail. Turn left to head east up Grizzly Creek.

Continue on this level section of trail for about two miles, paralleling Grizzly Creek through old-growth forest.

The trail begins to climb again and emerges onto open rock and then passes by a tall waterfall on Grizzly Creek. Keep climbing past numerous waterfalls. At length you'll see Grizzly Falls and Thompson Peak, the highest in the Trinity Alps, ahead.

The trail levels off again and traverses Grizzly Meadows beginning at around 5.5 miles. There are several good campsites here. After the meadows, climb steep switchbacks next to the falls. The climb takes you to a rocky bench with fantastic views of Grizzly Meadows.

From the bench, climb again, up a talus slope with cairns marking the way. At the top, you'll be rewarded with Grizzly Lake.

Return the way you came.

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Maria Espino

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Grizzly Falls
Aug 27, 2018 near Weaverv…, CA
Grizzly Lake in the Trinity Alps.
Oct 13, 2017 near Weaverv…, CA
Grizzly Lake with Thompson Peak on the horizon.
Nov 17, 2018 near Weaverv…, CA
Grizzly Lake with Thompson Peak on the horizon.
Nov 17, 2018 near Weaverv…, CA
Grizzly Lake from the slopes of Thompson Peak
Nov 17, 2018 near Weaverv…, CA
Thompson Peak from Grizzly Meadow
Nov 17, 2018 near Weaverv…, CA

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