Canyon Creek Falls

While Canyon Creek Falls is the destination for this hike at 3.9 miles in, Middle Canyon Creek Falls at 5.5 miles in, along with several lakes and Upper Falls at the 8 mile mark complete the three falls hike.

We will follow an established trail that ascends mildly to moderately to McKay Camp 2.5 miles in. 

Moderate switchbacks take us the next 1.4 miles to Canyon Creek Falls where we will stop for lunch and enjoy the falls. The elevation gain for this hike is 1,500 feet as we pass by maple, Douglas fir, oak, pine and cedar trees on what is described as one of the most beautiful hikes in the Trinity Alps.

Canyon Creek Falls being our stopping point to enjoy the scenery will make for a very pleasant day spent on the trail. There will be time for taking pictures, and enjoying the awesome landscape as we hike the trail.

We will stop either in Weaverville or Lewiston for dinner before making our way home. The Lewiston Hotel usually has a set menu with music on Saturday, and while off the beaten path a little is quite enjoyable and reasonably priced.

If anyone prefers to skip dinner please don't be shy in saying so, and carpool with those skipping as well. Dinner is always fun, a good time to look back on a day well spent on a trail. Good time to embellish the day's accomplishments too!!.

June weather should be quite hot, so bring water, hat, sun screen, light coat, lunch, camera, sturdy hiking shoes/boots, and any ideas you wish to share. We never fail to have a wonderful and safe day, so plan accordingly.

To reach the trail head. Follow Hiway 299 to Weaverville. Continue west thru Weaverville 8 miles to Junction City. Turn Right on Canyon Creek Road, (County road 401) and at the 10.5 mile mark continue to the right, passing East fork Lake Trail head at the 11 mile mark. The road is paved until the last mile, the trail head is at the end of the road.  

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  • Karen R.

    You all were amazing! I had such a great day! Can't wait to do more w/ this group.

    3 · June 22

  • Debra M. N.

    It was amazing, we were able to walk in water below the falls. The group of friends
    and fellowship made for a great day. Thank you to all, driver, new faces, and AL for
    Putting it all together.

    3 · June 22

  • Susie K.

    This was great! The views were amazing and I can't wait to go back and camp it!

    3 · June 22

  • Al S.

    That Guys & Gals was a well spent day on the trail. Canyon Creek Falls is a jewel of a destination well worth the trouble to drive to. Water falls are magical places, and we had the falls all to ourselves with time to cool the heels, enjoy lunch and share a nice afternoon removed from the stress of everyday routines.
    Dinner at the Lewiston Hotel, good food and even better company completed a very full day.
    Welcome all new to the trail, and thanks to all for creating a new adventure to share in.

    6 · June 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Falls were spectacular. I look forward to going back and hiking further up the creek some day. Fun group of people I hope to hike with again.

    4 · June 22

  • Mary Lynn B.

    As always, a beautiful area, and a great dinner. Loved seeing the round outdoor table sitting in a kiddie pool at one of the Lewiston houses down town - just pull up a chair and cool your feet - thanks Al for putting together this wonderful day. Thanks, Linda, for driving!

    3 · June 21

  • Greg S.

    Beautiful hike, not only the falls, but all the surrounding land we enjoyed. An excellent turnout of fun people who soaked up the old time atmosphere of Lewiston, including the old restaurant, bridge, and town drunk/historian peddling books outside the bar!

    3 · June 21

  • Melanie

    Thank You Al for this wonderful adventure! I had a great day and enjoyed meeting everybody and enjoyed the the company. Thank you Steve for driving

    3 · June 21

  • Steve R

    Great day!

    3 · June 21

  • Laureen L.

    Awesome waterfalls with a gourmet dinner in Lewiston afterward. Thanks Al for arranging this hike!

    2 · June 21

  • Crystal Z.

    I couldn't make it ,Hope everyone has a good time,hope to make the next hiking trip

    June 21

  • Melanie

    never mind :)

    June 20

  • Melanie

    wow disappointed, im gonna have to cancel I have to work hopefully next time. i was looking forward to this
    :(

    June 20

  • Karen R.

    Hey Al,
    Can you private message me your cell phone # in case I get lost or am late?

    June 18

    • Al S.

      It's on its way, if you don't receive just lemme know!!

      June 18

    • Karen R.

      got it, thank you

      June 18

  • betsy and w.

    al do yo know what time you will be at the trailhead? as wayne and I might meet you there instead of shopko? oh yeah could you stop causing so much trouble with your hikes! LOL

    June 16

    • Cliff

      Polly Pissy Pants? How old are you?

      June 17

    • Michelle

      Unfortunately can't make this hike after all

      June 18

  • Cliff

    Hey everyone, looks like you have a large group going. I just wanted to let you know that the maximum group size in the Trinity Alps is 10 people.

    It would be a good idea to split the group up into several smaller groups, with a fair amount of distance between the groups on the trail. You may have planned on this already, but I wanted to mention it.

    I'm assuming most of you have good outdoor ethics. Canyon Creek is an amazing drainage, and as such, it receives a LOT of use and abuse. I've gone hiking with several people who seemed like they would have strong outdoor ethics, only to discover they really don't.

    Here's a link that describes Leave No Trace guidelines.

    https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles

    Have fun out there!

    ~Cliff

    2 · June 15

    • Amy G

      That's good information you provided, Cliff.

      2 · June 16

    • Cathy A

      Thank you for the link Cliff. I enjoyed reading the information.

      1 · June 17

  • Scott

    Hello Al et all... I regret that I need to cancel my attendance on the hike. I am a musician, and I bagged a paying gig on saturday afternoon- which is a lot harder to come by in Trinity county than a good hike! So bummed that I won't be joining you, but as a Lewistonian I promised I would give a status report on the possibilities of your post-hike meal at the very cool historic Lewiston Hotel right on the bank of the Trinity River.Happy to report that a new chef(yes... a real chef, not a cook, with serious credentials and a good looking menu!) is on board and the hotel is serving in both the bar and dining area! There is pub food (sliders, authentic street tacos) as well as a diverse dining room menu. And, in case any one might be worried about presentation after a day of dust and sweat..that's not how we roll. Come as you are! I might even pop in so I can hear about the cool hike I missed, and meet y'all. Enjoy!(and Cliff will be happy with one less at the turnstiles!)

    June 16

    • Al S.

      Scott, sorry to hear, but glad you got a payin gig. I'll get the phone # for the hotel and give them a heads up for dinner amount of folks. Do stop in if you can, and if not we'll catch ya on the trail. Thanks for the follow up.

      June 16

  • Bonita M.

    Wow!! What would we do without all the advice. Hope you guys remember your outdoor ethics. Does that mean no toilet paper left on the trail??

    2 · June 15

    • Al S.

      Great question Bonita, and thanks for asking. If I understand this correctly, and I'm sure I don't, square or rectangular patterns are a definite no no as your Chi suffers something terrible and you may need to join a Ethics Challenged support group. Diamond pattern, more reflective of rugged, trail folks in charge and bigger than any forest is perfectly OK.

      1 · June 15

  • A former member
    A former member

    What does the waiting list mean? I cannot go this weekend but would like to go next time.

    1 · June 15

    • Al S.

      Susan, In the event the list is full, and someone on the go list cancels, it opens up a spot for the first person on the list to be included. Generally I just tell everyone on the wait list if you still want to go to simply show up, but let's keep that a little secret.....

      1 · June 15

  • Bonita M.

    Would love to join you guys. Sounds like a fun day.
    I will be in Long Beach for a special celebration with my daughter. Enjoy the hike!

    June 15

  • helene f.

    are well behaved dogs OK? 0

    June 15

    • Al S.

      As long as they're friendly around other people & dogs it's fine by me. If anyone else feels otherwise simply post or feel free to cancel the hike.

      1 · June 15

  • Lindsey S.

    I really want to do this hike sometime, but I'm opting to follow up on a Native Plant Society walk near Mount Shasta. Too bad it's on the same day or I would do both! Hope to meet up in the Trinity's another time. Thanks!

    June 9

  • Melanie

    I am new to meeting with a group, I may want to car pool with somebody if that is possible my vehicle has no AC so it will be a hot drive for me. Thanks

    June 6

  • Lisa B.

    I am game to try but 5 miles is typically my cap for hiking. I have a physical disability, but am most willing to try and do my best. Please post the length of the hike soon so I can for sure decide! Thanks so much for putting this together!!!

    May 18

    • Al S.

      Lisa, I will post the details on Monday time permitting. Our destination is Canyon Creek Falls, 3.9 miles in, with the option to hike to Middle Canyon Creek or any of the other Falls for those interested. We are not a fast paced group, so you are welcome to join in for what you are able to do.

      1 · May 18

    • Melanie

      I may join you on that 5 mile hike. It has been a very long time since ive been on a long hike and i have a neck injury and don't want to push myself.

      June 6

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in SoCal, but grew up in Ashland. I'll be on my way home from Ashland this day and would love to join you to explore this beautiful area. I'm game for all three falls, carpooling, and the Lewiston Hotel sounds irresistable (too bad about the chef leaving though). Obviously I'll be staying the night somewhere north of Sacramento before I drive to LA the next day. Thank you for letting me tag long.

    June 5

  • Michelle

    I would love to hike canyon creek. It's been several years since I've been there. I'm coming from the coast so I'll just meet up at the trail head. If anyone else is coming from Humboldt we can carpool.

    May 25

  • Scott

    We are in! Thanks for the details, Al. We will probably turn around after the first falls/lunch. I live in Trinity, so I guess we will just try to locate the trailhead and meet all of you there at 9. My good friends run the Lewiston Hotel, and I know that there will be music Saturday- but maybe not until 8. Additionally, I will let you know if they are going to have the full menu that evening, as the main cook quit last week. Hate to have you go and not have food being prepared, but I'd love for everyone to get to experience that historic location and walk out on the back patio for a view of the Trinity river!

    1 · May 21

    • Al S.

      Scott, Glad you were able to join in on the hike. Best case scenario to reach the trailhead is probably 9:30, 10:00 at the latest. This was the case with Porcupine Lake and worked fine. I agree about the hotel, so lets touch bases before the hike. absolute slice of Americana in our backyard.

      May 22

  • Lindsey S.

    I'm very interested in this hike, long or short. Carpooling would be great, but I have to decide if I want to do this or the Native Plant Walk at Mt. Shasta…I'll get back to you soon.

    May 19

  • betsy and w.

    al are you cooking breakfast?? plan on 24 hikers!!! oh by the way how are your calves? B.

    May 19

    • Al S.

      Good point, I think the hike just got shortened. The calves cried like babies, no use though, more abuse is a comin...

      May 19

  • Scott

    7 mile round trip sounds like a blast! I'll see how the details look, and how the weekend shakes out.... thanks for putting it together, regardless!

    1 · May 19

    • Al S.

      Scott, It's actually 7.8 r/t, and can make longer if you want. I'll get the details up shortly.

      May 19

  • Susan W.

    I will hang with the 7 mile group. Maybe some of us could carpool.

    May 18

  • betsy and w.

    wayne and betsy would like to do 7 mile!

    2 · May 18

    • Mary Lynn B.

      I'll do the 7 miles with you!!! I was MUCH younger when I did the 14 miles.....

      1 · May 18

    • Al S.

      B & W, Cool, that's the before breakfast hike, then the other 7 before lunch, short break, head on home. Sound good??

      May 18

  • Lindsey S.

    Is this a day hike? Sounds great and I'd love to get into the Trinity Wilderness, but want to be prepared.

    May 18

    • Mary Lynn B.

      I did this hike to the three falls many years ago and ended up doing 14 miles R/T - it was the most beautiful hike I've done in our surrounding areas. Are you maybe thinking of about 7 miles R/T max for the day?

      May 18

    • Al S.

      I will leave that up to the individual. Carpools should be set up accordingly, but if anyone wants a longer hike, I say go for it. Good point, I will include that in the write up for the hike!! Thanks

      May 18

  • Alice C

    I'd like to join you all on one of your hikes soon.

    May 18

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Al, I would be coming down from Mt. Shasta, so where would I be able to meet you at the Burney Falls area? Thanks! Sharon

    May 8

    • Al S.

      Sharon, We did Burney Falls in March I am guessing, and just didn't find trails worth the drive. I'm quite sure we are going to do Canyon Creek Falls just outside of Weaverville, that is supposed to be a really nice hike. It's possible to meet the group in Redding if interested or taking Hiway 3 from Castle Crags to Trinity Center and meet the group in Weaverville. Normally these hikes are updated 3-4 weeks in advance, but Burney Falls is finished for the year.

      May 10

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok thanks Al.

      May 10

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