Hiking in the Trinity Alps

The Trinity Alps wilderness area is a hiker’s mecca. It is one of the largest and least visited wilderness areas in the state of California. Well over 50 trails lead hikers into spectacular Sierra-like settings featuring granite peaks, step-waterfalls, alpine lakes, dense forest, and wildflowers to rival any in the world. Trails range from the easy stroll into Lake Eleanor to the much more difficult Big Bear Lakes trail, and the challenging Billy’s Peak ascent.

Eagle Creek Ranch is ideally situated for easy access to the trails of the Trinity Alps Wilderness. In fact, the original trailhead for the popular Stoddard Lake Trail is located just behind Gussie’s Homestead. The lake was actually named for the Stoddard family, who originally owned Eagle Creek Ranch (then called Stoddard Ranch) for 60 years, beginning in 1878.

There are extensive trails throughout the Alps and we would be happy to share our knowledge of area trails to help you to plan out your hiking itinerary during your stay at the Ranch. Take a look at the collection of photos from hikes below.


Best Months to Hike
Mid-June (when the snow’s melted enough for access) through mid-October (most trails close 10/15). September and October are particularly nice because of the cooler weather.

Number of Hikes
There are about a hundred different trailheads in the Wilderness Area.

Miles of Trails
550 maintained

Trail Lengths
2 miles to 37 miles

1360 ft to over 9000 ft.

Coniferous forest, streams, alpine lakes, granite peaks, wildflowers, meadows, wildlife.

Trailhead Access
Many are accessible by standard vehicle, but a 4-wheel drive increases your options. Trailhead transportation is available for a fee through the Ranch.

You should be prepared for heat, as well as cold, as temperatures vary greatly by elevation and time of day/night. Summer thunderstorms can brew up on hotter days.

Water purification tablets, and/or filter systems are advised, as giardia is a risk. Mace for protection against the highly unlikely event of a contentious cougar or bear encounter is also advised.

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