this was a training hike in the trinity alps. Never had been there (just northern west of redding). My buddy Gary had set up a Tahoe Rim Trail hike but the smoke changed things our original 8 was reduced to 2, but we knew we would have a blast
Gary (wisely) chose the Canyon Creek trail in the Trinity alps, a classic pure up then back down 1 day hike, but our goal was to explore.
About 3k in ups, about half east And half stone steps.
Beer scat. Several hikers had their non beer canisters taken.
Ignore me in the photo. I did swim in 3 lakes this trip, but that photo is not this trip (I do look good. Lol.
One of several epic lakes.
We were so happy. Climbed 1k
pretty hard swam. Had food, and chilled. It was a hard 900 foot climb
Then at our most relaxed, we saw this
Trust me, it looked like major fire close reflection. The photo does mot do it fistice. We considered spending another night at the lake, but when the smoke was for 30 minutes the right directiom, we started to hike down.
Because of what we thought was a close fire, we decided to hike out that day. A nice solid 15 miles.
Next is 212 on the PCT in 10 days.