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Granite Lake

Intermediate
 4.3 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A popular, moderately-difficult route to a scenic granite lake.


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9.8

Miles

15.8

KM

Out and Back

5,973' 1,821 m

High

4,021' 1,225 m

Low

1,953' 595 m

Up

1,952' 595 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Wildflowers

Free wilderness permits and campfire permits are required to enter the Trinity Alps Wilderness.

Overview

Enjoy forests, meadows, wildflowers, and waterfalls on this route to the pretty Granite Lake.

Description

Begin at the north end of the Swift Creek Trail parking lot. Work your way along the Swift Creek Trail for a little over a mile to a fork. Go left for the Granite Lake Trail and cross Swift Creek over a bridge.

About a quarter mile beyond the bridge, you'll approach Granite Creek. Climb through forests and flower-packed meadows.

Finally, hike up some switchbacks to reach Granite Lake.

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Shared By:

Miguel Vieira

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  4.3 from 4 votes

#2913

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  4.3 from 4 votes
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A beautiful morning after a well rested night at the lake! 1/13/18
Jan 25, 2018 near Lewiston, CA
Beautiful campsite above the lake 1/13/18
Jan 25, 2018 near Lewiston, CA
Frozen granite lake! 1/13/18
Jan 25, 2018 near Lewiston, CA
Passing near Swift Creek makes for a gorgeous trailside treat.
Jan 18, 2017 near Lewiston, CA
Ready to hike!
Jan 20, 2017 near Lewiston, CA
A group of hikers works their way up the Swift Creek Trail.
Jan 18, 2017 near Lewiston, CA

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Jun 26, 2021
Tilman Giese
Jun 25, 2019
Adam Hirsch
10mi
Jan 13, 2018
Erika Iacona
This trip was awesome! Temperatures were mild for a winter backpacking trip. Had the entire canyon to ourselves. Lake was frozen over. 10mi
Jul 6, 2017
Matt Hage
Granite Lake to Deer Lake to Long Canyon 5mi — 2h 00m