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Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
(LF Hikers) Little South Fork Lake - Trinity Alps on 09/04/2013 13:48:15 MDT Print View

I'm looking for anyone else interested in a Trinity Alps trip. I want to do the Little South Fork Lake hike. It's a cross country route with some bushwacking, creekwalking, and scrambling around waterfalls up to a high alpine lake. Should a be a fun cross country adventure. I've never been to this area and don't know what to expect.
It's a long drive. I have the time, but I would really like to carpool and split the gas costs. I can drive to the Bay area to meet up.
I was thinking about mid September- still figuring it out. I can do Friday-Monday.
Anyone interested?

Here is a link to a trip report and some pictures:
http://ellenvanderslice.com/adventures/trinity_alps/
https://www.inkling.com/read/moon-california-hiking-brown-stienestra-9th/chapter-2/21--little-south-fork-lake-trail

Google maps link:
https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Santa+Rosa,+CA&daddr=Caribou+Creek+Rd%2FForest+Route+37N24&hl=en&ll=40.745176,-121.896057&spn=1.352554,2.90863&sll=41.100892,-123.071337&sspn=0.042041,0.090895&geocode=FROOSgIdwYav-CnXR-Y2yTuEgDFJSE_Fa2XNXA%3BFXlbcwId6c2p-A&oq=santa+&mra=ls&t=m&z=9
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If anyone has done this hike and has some advice, I would really appreciate that.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Yes. on 09/04/2013 14:07:51 MDT Print View

I am interested . Also going in October...but this sounds like a nice trip .

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Yes. on 09/04/2013 14:24:47 MDT Print View

Cool - I can do any weekend but the 27th-29th. My main hiking partner might be able to come as well.
Part of this is off trail (2.5 miles) but it's following one creek/drainage so navigation shouldn't be difficult. Hopefully the underbrush won't put up a heavy defense.
I really want to see that waterfall, it looks huge.

Edited by justin_baker on 09/04/2013 14:53:56 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re:(LF Hikers) Little South Fork Lake - Trinity Alps on 09/04/2013 17:06:40 MDT Print View

Remember that the last 15 miles on your drive there will take 1 hour. It's paved the first third or so. That trailhead is less than 180 miles from my house. It takes me 4 hours to get there. If you want waterfalls go to Canyon Creek. Water is pretty low this year. All pavement approach. It's all beautiful. Did that area burned in '09? Seems like it would be in the burn area visible from the Caribou Lakes Trail.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Re:(LF Hikers) Little South Fork Lake - Trinity Alps on 09/04/2013 17:39:15 MDT Print View

I'm looking at 93 on google earth and its all paved. Caribou road looks unpaved but its only 6.4 miles. Are you sure you're talking about the south fork trailhead?

It is a really long drive, but the hike up there sounds like a lot of fun. If I can get a group going that wants to go to the alps and there are suggestions for more convenient trailheads, that would be great as well. I just want to get back up there before winter.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Re:(LF Hikers) Little South Fork Lake - Trinity Alps on 09/04/2013 18:07:44 MDT Print View

The unpaved road is 12 miles, plus 4 paved. Takes a while.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re:(LF Hikers) Little South Fork Lake - Trinity Alps on 09/04/2013 18:11:12 MDT Print View

Yes I was thinking Coffee Creek Rd. That trailhead is even further away. It might be paved but 93 is windy and really narrow in spots. It will still be slow going once off the 3.

Edited by kthompson on 09/04/2013 18:12:34 MDT.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Re: Re: Re:(LF Hikers) Little South Fork Lake - Trinity Alps on 09/04/2013 18:12:33 MDT Print View

Have I put in the wrong location?

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Cecilville+Rd&daddr=Unknown+road&hl=en&ll=41.096138,-123.0496&spn=0.010948,0.022724&sll=41.153689,-123.107976&sspn=0.005469,0.011362&geocode=Fej2cwIdWn6p-A%3BFVYPcwIdv2yq-A&t=h&mra=me&mrsp=0&sz=17&z=16

(sorry, i dont know how to make links)

edit: nevermind, just saw kens post

Edited by justin_baker on 09/04/2013 18:13:18 MDT.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
bump on 09/04/2013 20:59:17 MDT Print View

bump.
Open to other suggestions that might be more convenient.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: bump on 09/04/2013 22:19:16 MDT Print View

Marc Elridge would be a good resource for this. I think he has done some back country there....

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife
Re: Trinity Alps on 09/04/2013 22:39:53 MDT Print View

Justin. Have you been to either Canyon Creek or the Stuart Fork hikes? Stuart Fork has some schwacking routes to some lakes. Of course beautiful Emerald and Sapphire lakes with a cross country climb to Mirror Lake above at the end of the canyon. You can climb the Sawtooth ridge and access the Caribou Basin that way as well. Very steep trail from Portuguese Camp area up and over.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Re: Trinity Alps on 09/04/2013 23:27:28 MDT Print View

Thanks Ken. I've only been to the trinity alps once, when you had the meetup last fall. Those locations are much closer. I'm starting to dislike the idea of a 7 hour drive and a 5 hour drive sounds more reasonable. I don't care where I go as long as it has good hiking opportunities, it's all new to me. You've given me a lot to think about and plan.

Edited by justin_baker on 09/04/2013 23:29:32 MDT.

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Re: Re: Re: Trinity Alps on 09/05/2013 12:44:29 MDT Print View

Justin, if this happens in Oct I would love to join. Sep is out for me. My truck is fixed and I can drive.

Are you still in SR? We're moving to San Rafael at the end of the month.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
Re: Re: Re: Re: Trinity Alps on 09/05/2013 19:55:46 MDT Print View

Yeah I'm still in Santa Rosa. San Rafael is a great area.

After looking at the elevation of these areas (fairly low), October seems better to avoid the heat. I remember how warm it was at the end of September.

Chris C
(cvcass) - MLife

Locale: State of Jefferson
too many good places on 09/06/2013 13:03:56 MDT Print View

There are many great trailheads and destinations in the Trinities, do you want lakeside, forest, stream side, granite, it goes on and on.

There are a few great underused trailheads that will not add much to your drive up from Santa Rosa.

I highly recommend Hobo Gulch if you want a good assortment of terrain and history.