Four Lake Loop -- Trinity Alps
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Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Four Lake Loop -- Trinity Alps on 10/28/2009 14:31:25 MDT Print View

Last weekend got the chance to hike the Four Lake Loop in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The weather was perfect, and there was still a fair amount of snow from the first winter storm that had mostly melted. We didn't see a soul on the trip and had the traverse around Siligo peak all to ourselves.

The first night we intended to make the cross-country trip to Lake Anna, but the steep gulch was rather snowy and we were worried without ice axes, it could be a treacherous descent in the morning. So we camped below bee tree gap and enjoyed a great show with a clear view of Gibson peak. The next day we camped below Luella lake and made a trip up Seven Up Peak to the Saddle between it and Gibson Peak for a view down the adjacent canyon.

Both nights I slept in my new RAB alpine bivy and loved seeing the stars (including shooting stars) whenever I stirred. Was a great experience, and I loved the bivy.

Here are some photos.

Around Bee Tree Gap:

Bee Tree Gap

Bee Tree Gap

Bee Tree Gap

The view from my bivy: Gibson Peak.

Gibson Peak

Climbing towards Deer Lake:

Duck Creek Pass

Duck Creek Pass

Deer Lake

Deer Lake

Deer Lake

Deer Lake

Deer Lake

Summit Lake:

Summit Lake

The Sawtooth Range from above Diamond Lake:

Sawtooth Mountain Diamond Lake

Luella Lake:

Luallen Lake

Seven Up Mountain and Gibson Peak's unlikely union:

Gibson Peak

Meadow below Deer Lake

View from my Bivy night 2: Gibson Peak from beyond the pass:

Gibson Peak

On the way out, clear skies and a view of Mt. Lassen:

Bee Tree Gap

Edited by Rezniem on 10/28/2009 14:36:30 MDT.

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
"Four Lake Loop -- Trinity Alps" on 10/28/2009 15:00:09 MDT Print View

Cool! We were out there with a group a few weeks ago, I definitely want to explore the area further.

What trailhead did you start at?

What approx. were daytime and nightime temps? (I'm obsessed with temps!)

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Four Lake Loop -- Trinity Alps on 10/28/2009 15:04:19 MDT Print View

Hey David,

We started at Long Canyon Trailhead. This is a nice trailhead because it's closer to I-5 than the others, and is the quickest route to the four lakes loop. It was 5 miles to the pass above Deer Lake and pretty much uphill the whole way. After that it was a lot of ups and downs, but over relatively short distances (1-2 miles) and with constantly changing views. Had we stayed an extra day it would have been easy to get over to Sapphire lake through the Stuart fork canyon.

Temps varied wildly. Day one was very autumnal, with high maybe around 60 and lows in the upper 30's. Day two started colder (the pass was very windy and cold) but didn't get that cold at night, maybe 35. Day 3 was amazing, as it really warmed up, and was probably up to 75 on the way out -- hot at the lower elevation when in direct sunlight.

There was a storm scheduled for this week, but I think it probably fizzled out, so this weekend might be a possibility. It will get snowed in any week now....

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
nate. on 10/28/2009 15:08:30 MDT Print View

great report and pics. that's a nice little loop around those lakes. all that, and no people! beats being there in summertime.

that reminds me to post a trip report of a long trinity alps hike i did a couple of years back. and then there's that Trinity Alps High Route that looks interesting too.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Four Lake Loop -- Trinity Alps on 10/28/2009 17:56:54 MDT Print View

Very nice pics, Nate. Sounds like a great trip. Thanks for sharing.