Redding: Grizzly Lakes

Trek 24.4 miles to a 200-foot, glacier-fed waterslide, then bag the highest peak in the Trinity Alps. Bring a fly rod for rare red-meat brook trout.

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©Leon Nelson


©Leon Nelson


©Leon Nelson


©Leon Nelson

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 19.6



Location: 41.0688323974609, -123.074752807617

Hike S through dense mixed-pine canopy


Location: 41.0649147033691, -123.077575683594

L @ Y; follow trail to Grizzly Lake


Location: 41.0556869506836, -123.081924438477

China Spring and Hunters Camp. Good water source. Hop onto China Spring Trail


Location: 41.0456657409668, -123.086097717285

L @ Y with trail signed 12W01 to Grizzly Lake


Location: 41.047966003418, -123.079605102539

Low Gap campsite; good spring at Grizzly Creek. Trail chases winding creek through Douglas fir-lined canyon; Grizzly Butte towers above


Location: 41.0177955627441, -123.051902770996

Grizzly Meadow; campsites by creek with magnetic view of Grizzly Lake’s 200-ft. cascades tumbling over square-cut crags; last mile to lake is steep and challenging, expect to use routefinding skills


Location: 41.0126533508301, -123.049140930176

Grizzly Lake (7,100 ft.) sits on granite shelf in Thompson Peak?s shadow; outlet stream is tough to cross in early season, but has rare red-meat brookies. Basecamp here for daytrips; permits required


Location: 41.0025024414062, -123.047828674316

Daytrip #2: Moderate 1.3 mi. to Grizzly Glacier, largest W Coast low-elevation glacier; continue E 1 mi. to Caesar Peak


Location: 41.0006370544434, -123.048416137695

Daytrip #1: Thompson Peak (9,002 ft.), highest in Trinity Alps; moderate 5-mi. round-trip from Grizzly Lake. Allow full day; or go late, stay @ campsite on low point of SW ridge, then climb in a.m.; no water


Location: 41.0041923522949, -123.037017822266

Caesar Peak (8,920 ft.); vistas to SW of Mirror, Sapphire, and Emerald Lake; alpine jewels tucked under jagged, snowy ramparts

Brook trout in Grizzly Lake have red meat.

Location: 41.0117492675781, -123.050361633301

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Thompson Peak: the crown jewel of the Trinity Alps

Location: 41.0019454956055, -123.050582885742

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Tumbling cascade of Grizzly Falls from Grizzly Meadows; Thompson Peak in background

Location: 41.0171508789062, -123.051933288574

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Grizzly Lake framed byThompson Peak

Location: 41.012321472168, -123.04931640625

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