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Swift Creek Trail

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Hike to the headwaters of Swift Creek at remote Horseshoe Lake.


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Map Key

8.4

Miles

13.5

KM

Point to Point

6,823' 2,080 m

High

4,020' 1,225 m

Low

2,805' 855 m

Up

4' 1 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers

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

Description

This popular trail follows Swift Creek to its origin at Horseshoe Lake.

Begin at the north end of the Swift Creek Trail parking lot and hike along the Swift Creek Trail for a little over a mile to a fork for the Granite Lake Trail. Stay on the Swift Creek Trail.

Around 4 miles, ford Parker Creek, and about a half mile later arrive at Parker Meadow.

At 5 miles, find Foster's Cabin, which was restored several years ago and is open to campers.

At 6 miles, ford Landers Creek. Then cross Mumford Meadows, which extend for over two miles.

Beyond Mumford Meadow, climb switchbacks up steep granite boulders to Horseshoe Lake.

Flora & Fauna

Look for ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, incense cedar, and western azalea on the lower sections of the trail. Around Horseshoe Lake, find western white pine, red fir and mountain hemlock.

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Shared By:

Miguel Vieira

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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Ready to hike!
Jan 20, 2017 near Lewiston, CA
Passing near Swift Creek makes for a gorgeous trailside treat.
Jan 18, 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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