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Canyon Creek Lake to L Lake

Hike up to a hidden lake with many great views of the Trinity Alps
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 3.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview:  This trail is pretty difficult but the views are well worth it if you have the energy. It involves a lot of climbing up switchbacks... more »

Tips:  Bring water with you, this hike takes a while and is exposed for the entire hike.
You may want to carry some tough sandals with you... more »

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Points of Interest

1. River Crossing

The start of this hike involves crossing the river coming off of upper canyon creek lake. Early in the season there may be a lot of water and the river may be quite deep.

2. Switchbacks

After walking around the edge of Upper Canyon Creek Lake the trail will continue up to the right. The next section involves a lot of steep switchbacks and the trail is sometimes full of overgrown shrubs.

3. Great views of the Trinity Alps

Look behind you for a breathtaking view of the Canyon Creek Lakes and the Trinity Alps stretching far in the distance.

4. L Lake

Finally you hard work has paid off and you have arrived at L Lake. The water can be quite cold (it's runoff from the winter snow), but can also be very refreshing on a hot day.

There are a number of nice spots to stop for lunch before hiking back down the way you came.