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Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass

Trinity Alps

Trinity Alps + Marble Mountain Wilderness, California

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Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass

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  • The Swift Creek Trail entering the wilderness.- Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
  • A bridge begins the Granite Lake Trail.- Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
  • Small cascades on Granite Creek.- Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
  • Trailwork around an old-growth incense cedar. - Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
  • Granite Lake with Gibson Peak in the background.- Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
  • Another look at Granite Lake. - Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
  • Wildflowers line the path up to Seven Up Pass.- Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
  • Gibson Peak visible from the trail. - Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
  • Approaching Seven Up Pass. - Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
  • The view west from Seven Up Pass.- Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
  • Looking at the pass from the south flank of Seven Up Peak. - Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
  • Returning to Granite Lake.- Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
  • Gibson Meadow just below Granite Lake. - Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
  • A meadow lined by incense cedars. - Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
  • A small waterfall on Granite Creek. - Granite Lake + Seven Up Pass
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Pros: 
Great views. Wildflowers. Further hiking options.
Cons: 
Popular destination.
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Region:
Trinity Alps + Marble Mountain Wilderness, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,424.00 ft (1,043.64 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
13.10 mi (21.08 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,060.00 ft (1,237.49 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Red Trinities are a wonderland for botanists, geologists, photographers, and adventurers. The rocks here, stained red with deep mantle-sourced perdodite, contrast beautify with the White Trinities that are found to the west of the Stuart Fork drainage. Another source of geologic contrast comes from the Gibson Peak pluton, a mass of granite and younger rocks that forcefully intruded right through the heart of the ancient ultramafic rocks that gives the Red Trinities their name. This trip brings you to ground zero of this clash of colorful geology.

The first leg of the hike is spent along the pleasantly shaded Swift Creek Trail. There's an interesting gorge formation along Swift Creek just short of a mile into the trail. The bridge that begins the Granite Lake Trail is adjacent to a nice creekside beach that makes for a great rest stop. You will be embedded in impressive old-growth forest for the next 1.5 miles of trail paralleling Granite Creek. Keep watch as the creek will occasionally offer up cascades, waterfalls, and swimming holes. Elevation gain ramps as you approach Gibson Meadow, and the creek includes several impressive drops during this section. Gibson Meadow provides a relatively flat area to take a breather and take in the high-country scenery that has opened up around you. After about 5 miles of hiking you will finally reach the 18-acre Granite Lake. There are many camping spots along the northeast shore of the lake; however, there will also be plenty of groups claiming those spots on summer weekends. Most people on this trail will go no further than Granite Lake, but the 1.5-mile push from Granite Lake to Seven Up Pass is well worth the effort. Summer wildflowers will vie for your attention in the foreground, and the red versus white battle of Seven Up Peak (to your north) and Gibson Peak (to the south) will be the backdrop of your climb. A large percentage of the Trinity Alps will open up before you once you make the pass, and these mountains will try to convince you to keep hiking.

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