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Trail Info: As hikes into the Trinity Alps go, this one up to the point we’ll be turning around is moderate, gaining about 800 feet in elevation by the time we reach Deep Creek at four miles in. We’ll have lunch there at the bridge and then head back, for an eight-mile round-trip hike.
The trail is shaded with fir, incense-cedar, maples, sugar and ponderosa pine trees and there are access points to the creek – and a couple of creek crossings — along the way. It’s also the gateway to a great backpack to Morris Meadows and Emerald and Sapphire lakes … but that’s a backpack unless you’re a trail runner.
Meeting Time / Location: We’ll meet in the parking lot in front of Tops Super Foods. Look for a beige Honda Civic. The trailhead is a 1 -hour drive from Weaverville. We will take Highway 3 to 13 miles north of Weaverville, turning left on Trinity Alps Road. From there it is 3.5 miles to the trailhead. The last part of the road is unpaved but it is suitable for most cars as long as you don’t mind dust (four-wheel drive not needed).
Hiking Time and Things To Bring: We expect the hike, with stops and lunch, to take eight hours, arriving back at the trailhead at around 5:30 p.m. Bring plenty of water and food, hat, sun screen, light coat, lunch, camera, sturdy hiking shoes/boots. You might want to bring sandals for the creek crossings; we’re going to because we don’t know how high a creek along the way, Little Deep Creek, is running.
Well-mannered dogs are welcome.
* The trip organizer is a volunteer and NOT a real leader (i.e. not liable for the group). Think of it as hiking with a group of friends. * Joining any hike is entirely voluntary and participants assume any and all risks associated with the activities. It is each hiker’s responsibility to ensure that s/he is in sufficient fitness and health to participate in a strenuous hike, with the appropriate water, food, clothing, first aid, and navigation equipment for the conditions.*