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Backpacker Magazine – January 2014
Trinity Alps Wilderness, CA
Stand atop Sawtooth Mountain and see Mt. Shasta poking above the splintered granite spires of the Alps. From the Canyon Creek Lake trailhead, an 8-mile approach lands you at 25-acre Upper Canyon Creek Lake, nestled like a jewel below 8,898-foot Sawtooth.
Expect company, but set up camp back from the secluded northwest shore atop a meadow and beside the 20-foot waterfall. From there, it’s a .5-mile, 840-foot climb northeast through a boulder field to “L” Lake at 6,560 feet. Continue south, cruising through an alpine meadow (look for black bears) and scrambling over scree. In a mile (after gaining 2,280 feet on class 3 and 4 terrain), reach the Sawtooth pinnacle from where you can see eight lakes strung together like a beaded sapphire necklace.
Use caution on the downclimb, Leon Nelson says. “You may want to head toward Morris Lake, then swing east to ‘L’ for surer footing.”
Trailhead 40.887076, -123.024107; 65 miles northwest of Redding off Canyon Creek Rd. INFO (530) 226-2500; bit.ly/TrinityAlpsWild