Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Trinity Alps

I needed to escape for the of 4th of July after having not left the four Bay Area counties since I moved in May. Luckily, a few other friends felt the same way, so Tessaly (a classmate who I studied with in Australia), Allison (another classmate) and her boyfriend Kevin and I left Berkeley early on the 4th headed north for our first stop in quaint Weaverville. After working our way through a quintessential small-town 4th of July parade with baton twirlers, classic cars, and even a tank (!!!), we grabbed our permit and drove to the Stoney Ridge Trailhead. Or at least where the map showed the road to the trailhead; fortunately, a local pointed us in the direction of the actual trailhead, and we were off!


And wow, it was BLAZING-- 98 on Friday, 99 on Saturday, and 102 on Sunday. Everyone worked up a good sweat on the climb up 3,000 feet to our camp at beautiful Echo Lake.


And sunset was especially spectacular:


The next day we day-hiked the eight-mile long Four Lakes Loop, around Deer Lake, Diamond Lake, Luella Lake, and finally Round Lake. Looking down on Deer Lake from the pass:


From the next pass, Tessaly and I hiked up prominent 8,160-foot tall Siligo Peak. Here's Tessaly taking it in (note Shasta hiding in the distance):


After a refreshing dip in Emerald Lake (one advantage of the heat is that the lakes were pleasant), we finished the loop, and headed back to camp and enjoyed another sunset. 

The next day we woke up early (it's super unusual to be able to get out of the tent in shorts!), and hiked back to the car. Alas-- back toward Trinity Lake and civilization.


A fun trip with some new backpacking buddies! Looking forward to the next trip!!!

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