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Lilypad Lake Via Poison Canyon Trail

Trinity Alps + Marble Mountain Wilderness, California

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  • Hiking around a large tree on the way to Lilypad Lake.- Lilypad Lake Via Poison Canyon Trail
  • A mushroom pops through the soil.- Lilypad Lake Via Poison Canyon Trail
  • An expanse of ferns surrounding the trail to Lilypad Lake.- Lilypad Lake Via Poison Canyon Trail
  • One of the several small creek crossings. - Lilypad Lake Via Poison Canyon Trail
  • Ycatapom Peak (7,596 ft) nearby.- Lilypad Lake Via Poison Canyon Trail
  • Wildflowers growing along the trail.- Lilypad Lake Via Poison Canyon Trail
  • Jay feather found on the ground.- Lilypad Lake Via Poison Canyon Trail
  • A large meadow on the way to Lilypad Lake.- Lilypad Lake Via Poison Canyon Trail
  • Lilypad Lake lives up to its name.- Lilypad Lake Via Poison Canyon Trail
  • Closer view of the great yellow pond lillies.- Lilypad Lake Via Poison Canyon Trail
  • Small clearing in the lily pads.- Lilypad Lake Via Poison Canyon Trail
  • Thin and faint trail winding along the lake.- Lilypad Lake Via Poison Canyon Trail
  • Butterfly feeding on the nectar of a flower.- Lilypad Lake Via Poison Canyon Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Unique lake covered in lily pads. Solitude.
Cons: 
Difficult to find a swimming spot.
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Region:
Trinity Alps + Marble Mountain Wilderness, CA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,900.00 ft (579.12 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
7.80 mi (12.55 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,158.00 ft (1,267.36 m)
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Hike Description

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Tucked away in a granite valley under the shadow of Ycatapom Peak, Lilypad Lake is a quaint location in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Most lakes in this wilderness are receive far less visitors than places in the Sierra Nevada or the Cascades, making them great for more private backpacking trips. Lilypad Lake, however, sees far less visitors than other popular destinations in the Trinity Alps. Part of this reason may be the lack of a deep or large lake for swimming or swimming spots, but Lilypad Lake still makes a great destination, especially if you seek solitude with a lake on one side of your camp and a small meadow on the other. The nearby Ycatapom Peak offers a great day hike scramble for better views of nearby wilderness areas.

Lilypad Lake's surface is almost entirely covered with water lilies during the summer. The main species of water lily in this lake is Nuphar polysepala, or the Indian or yellow pond-lily. The scientific name derives from the Greek word for water lily, noúfaro. Polsepalum means many sepals. Sepals are protective coverings for an angiosperm's flower in bud. This species of water lily can be found from Northern California all the way north to Alaska. According to some sources, the seed of this species can be popped like popcorn and eaten! (Though you should never eat wild plants unless you are very knowledgeable on the subject.)

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