The Trinity Alps are one of California's special places. It's a large federal wilderness area that is a large part of the greater Klamath Mountain region with hundreds of miles of trails, and not a lot of people on them. However, the Canyon Creek trail is easily the most popular trail in the wilderness, and Saturday, June 8th was no exception. I started late because I didn't feel like cooking an early breakfast in the unseasonal 40° weather, but that just gave me the opportunity to take better pictures in the late afternoon light.
I'm always impressed by the biodiversity in the Klamath Mountain region, and my photoset will go into greater detail when I get caught up on my pictures.
Great hike in the Trinity Alps. This hike is very popular with good reason. I think I saw at least 100 people over my 14+ miles, and many of them were lugging what looked to be rental gear uphill at a slow pace late in the afternoon. I got to the final crossing of Canyon Creek about 3/4 mile below the lower lake, and decided to turn back. I was 90 minutes past my turnaround time, and the raging creek made crossing a dicey proposition.
That sucked, but the dash back to the trailhead was pretty fun. The sky gods ruined most of the photo opportunities, but also kept it a little cooler.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.