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Kat ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Caribou Lakes, Trinity Alps on 07/28/2013 19:35:21 MDT Print View

My daughter Libby and I left the coast around noon on Thursday, drove to San Francisco and picked up Matthew Black from work and started on our long drive north. Libby came along mainly as new tradition to come backpacking with me on my birthday. The drive was long but we laughed a lot..
From Weaverville we drove another 35 miles to Coffee Creek. After 6 miles of curvy but paved road, we had another 12 miles of gravel before we made it to Big Flat , where we camped for the night.
All three of us had hammocks.
At 7 am Libby and I started our hike, Matthew was going to wait a bit and go a different route, at least the second part. We hiked the New Trail and Matthew hiked the same trail then braved the much harder old trail after the two intersected.
Libby and I hiked at a very good pace, but really took our time to take pictures, stop at the most sweeping vistas to take it all in. It was a joy to hike with someone so aware of our surroundings, so appreciative of the big views, the clouds, the colors, the plants , the burned wood, the smells and on and on.

Here is some of what we saw, really whittled down . The hike in was 9 miles

.Libby uphill







Loving it

Our descent toward Little Caribou.
Our descent

The tastiest water

Spring water

Once we came down to the Lake, Matt was already there waiting for us.
It was only a little after noon so we set up camp ; while Libby took a nap and a read a book in her hammock, I cooked some, ate some, hiked up to Big Caribou and Matt did his own cooking, eating and day hiking.

First camp

There were quite a few clouds gathering in the sky and we heard some rumbles, so I pitched the tarp I brought over both our hammocks before hiking around, so Libby would not wake to getting rained on..


Hiking around


The spot we chose to camp at was beautiful, but exposed; when the clouds opened up the heat was a bit much. We decided to move just a little more in the trees.
Ken came strolling in to camp a little before sunset, glad to have his umbrella for the rain he encountered on the trail.


More to come in the next post

Edited by Kat_P on 07/28/2013 20:06:16 MDT.

Kat ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Caribou part 2 on 07/28/2013 19:46:00 MDT Print View

Alpen glow

Alpen glow


Matt mit alpen glow.


On Friday morning Ken took off day hiking and we somehow missed him perched on a rock. Matt wandered around the lakes and hiked up to the ridge to see Emerald and Sapphire Lakes. Libby and I hopped around the lakes and swimming holes, made fried bread, swam and them met up with Matt for some more exploring and swimming.

Big Caribou



Making food..


I have been told I never post pictures of me that are any good so Libby took a few


Me :)

And Matt...


More in the third installment

Kat ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Caribou, #3 on 07/28/2013 19:58:31 MDT Print View

We found a beautiful little pond to swim in. The water was cool but comfortable enough to swim around and stay in for a while, particularly against the warm rock.
We had the most beautiful view and had a great time all around. Heavenly, really.








We had decided to hike out around 1 or 2 pm and spend the night at the trail head, then drive out this morning.

Matt hiked on his own. Libby And I hiked together for a while and then Ken and I.

I really like how we combined doing our own thing and spending time together. There was no pressure, everyone was able to go at their own pace and enjoy .

Hiking out

I asked Matt to take a picture of Libby and I together. There were many funny ones. This one was right as Libby was calling me out for always putting my foot higher on a rock in pictures....because supposedly I am showing that I am "dominating" this rock..:)
I dispute that. A little.

Libby and I

Tiger lilly

Hiking out in the heat with Ken "Poppins"

Ken poppins

Edited by Kat_P on 07/30/2013 13:05:29 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Caribou, #3 on 07/28/2013 20:01:14 MDT Print View

Looks/sounds like y'all had a great time! And what a beautiful area. Thanks for posting Kat.

Kat ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Last on 07/28/2013 20:04:14 MDT Print View

This trip was special to me. Not only were Ken and Matt great company as usual, and the scenery spectacular...having Libby to share this with made it that much better.
We hiked out in about three and a half hours ( 9 miles)taking pictures and a few little breaks. Libby was wearing 10 dollar shoes from the Flea Market ( her choice) .

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Caribou, #3 on 07/28/2013 20:06:13 MDT Print View

"I really like how we combined doing our own thing and spending time together. There was no pressure, everyone was able to go at their own pace and enjoy ."

The essence of a great trip. You folks clearly had a real nice time in a beautiful place. You take excellent pictures, Kat. They, and your narrative, made me feel like I was there. The only thing missing was the smell of the fried bread. ;0)

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Caribou Lakes, Trinity Alps on 07/28/2013 20:35:26 MDT Print View

I need to get up to the Trinity Alps more. I am going to do a whole bunch of weekend trips there this fall (lower elevation should mean extended 3 season hiking).
Is Libby your hat model on the site?

Another Trinity Alps BPL meetup this fall?

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Caribou Lakes, Trinity Alps on 07/28/2013 20:39:22 MDT Print View

Great TR Kat and even better pictures!

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: Caribou Lakes, Trinity Alps on 07/28/2013 20:45:32 MDT Print View

Now that's a proper trip report.

Kat ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Caribou Lakes, Trinity Alps on 07/28/2013 20:46:53 MDT Print View

Tom, I had to downsize my pictures so much it was heart breaking. They should be much better on my Flickr page, uploading them right now.
Justin, that is my daughter and reluctant hat model, yes. I am always up for anotherTrinity trip!
Thanks Doug and Jay!

Edited by Kat_P on 07/28/2013 20:47:24 MDT.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Caribou Lakes, Trinity Alps on 07/28/2013 21:13:08 MDT Print View

Thanks Kat for getting me out. It was a different kind of group trip with all of us doing our own thing. Very enjoyable company as always.

I left work on Friday at 10:30 am. Started hiking at 3:30. It's only 168 miles. I stop briefly for a bite to eat on the way to the trailhead. Thunder, drops of rain greeted me when I was almost at the trailhead. Grabbed the umbrella. Rain never materialized. The umbrella was an much appreciated bit of shade.

I hiked up in the afternoon and had no shade through the large burned area. Hot and slow going. Beautiful all the same. Never saw another soul.

Got to camp with everyone else at about 8pm. Slept fantastic. Saturday was a blissful slow morning with a nice cup of coffee in the hammock followed by Hostess Lemon Pie.

Hike up to the swimming pools up by Big Caribou and poked around for a while. Lay in the sun, eat, drink, repeat..

Hike back to an empty camp and eat some more. A short nap later everyone is back in camp. Time to get packed up.

Back on the trail. Back to the cooler with icy goodness at the trailhead campground. A pleasant evening, followed by a decent nights sleep.

Up at 6am. We were all packed up and on the road by 6:30. I love that.

Thanks again Matt for retrieving my umbrella trailside. Thanks again to Kat for being awesome as always, and for bringing Libby along again.

I would pass on getting blisters on my pinky toes next time.

Kat's quiet time

Another angle of the swimming pool.

What do mean I'm not going?

Edited by kthompson on 07/28/2013 21:34:50 MDT.

Kat ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Quiet time.. on 07/28/2013 22:34:34 MDT Print View

Ha Ken!
It took me a minute to find myself there.....and on the picture..

I posted better resolution pictures on Flickr

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
Re: Caribou Lakes, Trinity Alps on 07/28/2013 23:01:41 MDT Print View

Beautiful pictures, and great trip report. Makes me want to go back up there...haven't been to the Trinity alps in way too many years (20?? ugh). Thanks for the report, Kat. And happy birthday!

Sharon J.
(squark) - F

Locale: SF Bay area
looks like a great trip on 07/29/2013 16:34:11 MDT Print View

Great report! I've been meaning to get up there for the past few years...must make the time soon. Ken - aren't dogs allowed?

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Quiet time.. on 07/29/2013 20:11:48 MDT Print View

"I posted better resolution pictures on Flickr"

WOW!!! That's an understatement. What great pics. What camera did you use, if you don't mind me asking?

Matthew Black
(mtblack) - F
Re: looks like a great trip on 07/29/2013 20:41:35 MDT Print View


Several people had dogs packing their own food and they all looked quite happy. I didn't happen to look at the rules but I think this link has the guidelines:

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Caribou Lakes, Trinity Alps on 07/29/2013 21:04:12 MDT Print View

Sharon. Dogs are allowed. And all the ones I've met up there have been happy.

Edit: I swear I did not read Matthew's comment about the dogs being happy up there first. They just do, really.

Edited by kthompson on 07/29/2013 21:05:34 MDT.

Kat ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Quiet time.. on 07/29/2013 21:32:10 MDT Print View

Thanks! I used a Sony Nex 5, about three years old , with a pancake lens.
Libby and I both enjoy taking pictures.

Marc Eldridge
(meld) - MLife

Locale: The here and now.
Re: "Caribou Lakes, Trinity Alps" on 07/29/2013 21:38:45 MDT Print View

Nice trip. Would liked to have gone. I have October 16 to the 20th marked on the calendar to go there.

Alex Wallace
(FeetFirst) - F

Locale: Northern California
Thumbs up! on 07/30/2013 12:11:56 MDT Print View

Those lakes look so inviting! I'd be tempted to bring fins and a snorkel to enjoy the aquatics all day. Thanks for sharing.