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TR: Long Canyon & 4 Lakes in Trinity Alps 5/27/14-5/28/14

Postby maiathebee » Thu May 29, 2014 1:13 pm

Second solo trip ever. I hiked up Long Canyon and did the Four Lakes Loop, camping at Summit Lake and returning back down Long Canyon. Mostly this was a training trip (I'm hiking the High Sierra Trail in August), but it was beautiful! The first day was 8 miles and 4200 feet ascent, 400 feet descent, which I hiked in 5.5 hours, taking about an hour in breaks. The second day was 10 miles and 1800 feet ascent, 5600 feet descent, which I hiked in 6.5 hours, taking about 45 minutes in breaks. I thought about maybe going up Siligo either in the evening or the morning of the second day, but it was cold and windy both days and I've been up there before, so I skipped it this time.

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Entering the wilderness about a mile in by snackronym, on Flickr

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The first few miles are heavily forested by snackronym, on Flickr

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The trail exits the forest and the views begin to open up to Gibson peak by snackronym, on Flickr

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The trail follows the dramatic granite wall of Gibson before crossing the main stream in Long Canyon by snackronym, on Flickr

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This area is at the confluence of many different types of rock, making it very colorful. by snackronym, on Flickr

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The views are great atop Deer Pass. Siligo Peak and Deer Lake in the foregrund and the White Trinities in the background. by snackronym, on Flickr

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Atop the saddle before Summit Lake. The orange peak on the left is Seven Up Peak. by snackronym, on Flickr

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Summit Lake, my home for the night. Feeling pretty good about the time it took me to get here. I was on the trail at 10am and at Summit lake at 3:30pm. That's 8 miles and 4200 feet of elevation. by snackronym, on Flickr

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Camp at Summit Lake. I had the lake entirely to myself. Actually, I had the whole loop to myself. After seeing a couple at the trailhead headed up like me, I passed a few parties leaving on the trail and then never saw another soul the whole trip. by snackronym, on Flickr

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Sunset reflections at Summit Lake. by snackronym, on Flickr

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The pass above Diamond Lake offers the first up close views of the White Trinities and Stuart Fork way below. by snackronym, on Flickr

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Diamond Lake and the White Trinities. This spot was spectacular. by snackronym, on Flickr

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White Trinities seen from the Four Lakes Loop between Diamond and Luella Lakes. by snackronym, on Flickr

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Luella Lake by snackronym, on Flickr

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Finally down to the Deer Creek Valley. To complete the loop, I've got to ascend that saddle way off in the distance. by snackronym, on Flickr

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Deer Lake looking up at Deer Pass. I'm a little worried about those clouds, so I move quickly. by snackronym, on Flickr

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But I can't stop taking pictures of this view. by snackronym, on Flickr

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Unnamed peaks, Upper Siligo Meadow, and my feetsies. by snackronym, on Flickr

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The view is great and always changing with the clouds casting shadows here and there. by snackronym, on Flickr

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Headed across to Bee Tree Gap, the granite walls of Gibson loom above. by snackronym, on Flickr

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At Bee Tree Gap. You can barely see Shasta in this photo off in the distance on the right. I'll get to look at this view for the whole way down until I enter the forest. by snackronym, on Flickr

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Unnamed peaks to the south of Bee Tree Gap. by snackronym, on Flickr

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Looking across at the granite of Gibson from the hanging meadow. by snackronym, on Flickr

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Lots of this on the way down. It's a knee buster for sure! by snackronym, on Flickr

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Yellow Lupine makes up for the lack of rocky peaks. by snackronym, on Flickr

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And I'm back! by snackronym, on Flickr
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Re: TR: Long Canyon & 4 Lakes in Trinity Alps 5/27/14-5/28/14

Postby maverick » Thu May 29, 2014 1:59 pm

Love that loop, surprised about the lack of people, but that is a good thing. Looks
like the wildflowers will be out in a few weeks. Thanks :)
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Re: TR: Long Canyon & 4 Lakes in Trinity Alps 5/27/14-5/28/14

Postby maiathebee » Thu May 29, 2014 3:27 pm

maverick wrote:Love that loop, surprised about the lack of people, but that is a good thing. Looks
like the wildflowers will be out in a few weeks. Thanks :)


I think the lack of people was due to the fact that I hiked in on the Tuesday after Memorial Day. Everyone I saw was headed out!
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Postby sheperd80 » Thu May 29, 2014 9:25 pm

Thanks for the TR and great photos. What an awesome trail to have to yourself.

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