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Swift Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

8.4 mile 13.5 kilometer point to point
89% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,805' 855 m
Descent: -4' -1 m
High: 6,823' 2,080 m
Low: 4,020' 1,225 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by Miguel Vieira

Run to the headwaters of Swift Creek at remote Horseshoe Lake.

Miguel Vieira

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

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

Description

This popular trail follows Swift Creek to its origin at Horseshoe Lake.

Begin at the north end of the Swift Creek Trail parking lot and run along the Swift Creek Trail for a little over a mile to a fork for the Granite Lake Trail. Stay on the Swift Creek Trail.

Around 4 miles, ford Parker Creek, and about a half mile later arrive at Parker Meadow.

At 5 miles, find Foster's Cabin, which was restored several years ago and is open to campers.

At 6 miles, ford Landers Creek. Then cross Mumford Meadows, which extend for over two miles.

Beyond Mumford Meadow, climb switchbacks up steep granite boulders to Horseshoe Lake.

Flora & Fauna

Look for ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, incense cedar, and western azalea on the lower sections of the trail. Around Horseshoe Lake, find western white pine, red fir and mountain hemlock.

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Passing near Swift Creek makes for a gorgeous trailside treat.
Jan 18, 2017 near Lewiston, CA
Ready to hike!
Jan 20, 2017 near Lewiston, CA
A group of hikers works their way up the Swift Creek Trail.
Jan 18, 2017 near Lewiston, CA

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