Trinity Alps – Canyon Creek Trail
We wanted to make the trip to Redding “worth it,” so we decided to plan a backpacking trip to the Trinity Alps. Prior to our trip, I downloaded some Google Map overlays; it looked like the snow level was above 7,000’. The day we drove up, a late-season storm came to deliver snow below 3,000’! Canyon Creek trail is a relatively easy out-and back route. In less snowy conditions, you can traverse cross-country to Sapphire and Emerald Lakes and head down the Stuart Fork Trail to make a loop trip. Unfortunately, we did not have such good conditions, and it was very time consuming just to arrive at Upper Canyon Creek Lake!