Canyon Creek Campsites


13.8 miles  2200' elevation gain

best season: 

2:45 drive

dogs welcome

This is a spectacular canyon with some of the best backcountry campsites anywhere.

The end of the trail can have snow into June, but the lower canyon is excellent hiking in May.

This is a popular hiking area so avoid holiday weekends. If the parking lot is less than filled, there should be good campsites available.

Bears are present and would like to eat your food.  Bring a bear-proof canister.

Creek crossings can be difficult in early season, the most difficult one on the recommended hike is in about 1/3 mile from the trailhead.  On the optional hike to the lakes, the ford of Canyon Creek is often intimidating until July.

The lower canyon can get quite warm.  If the weather is hot one can camp at the lower campsites and then do most of the hiking in the cool of the morning.

This is an outstanding area for mountaineering.  Check peak-climbing sites for info on climbing Thompson Peak, Sawtooth Mountain, or Mount Hilton.

Wilderness Permits required, and can be picked up at self-service kiosks at Forest Service stations in Weaverville or Junction City. A California Campfire Permit is required for campfires or gas stoves.

Current conditions may be available on this Trinity Alps Facebook page (but be aware, some of the people post incorrect info, and want to keep places secret)

This hike is in Shasta-Trinity National Forest; owned by the public, managed by Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Backpacking welcomed; campfires welcomed except late Summer & early Fall.

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