Growing up in Trinity County, we heard of the Red Trinities, the White Trinities and the Green Trinities. My sister and I wanted to travel through the place where they merged. We set aside a week of summer, stole our dad’s Forest Service map and drew a path for ourselves into the Trinity Alps, up into the mountains, along the Four Lakes trail, across the Seven Up Peaks, to Granite Lake, and then out to Swift Creek. This route would weave us through the green forests carpeted by meadows and moss and sprinkled with wildflowers even in late summer, ultramafic (red-shaley rock) peaks and granite boulder-scapes. Laina and I came to differentiate between the three as “Gods” land — the beautiful smooth rolling granite of the White Trinities, Demons Land, the sharp red-rock landslides of the White Trinities, and Elves Land, the soft green of the forests. Follow our six day journey with the photos below.
Despite our 55 liter backpacks we opted not to go too ultra-light and strapped on zero degree sleeping bags.
Starting out at the Long Canyon Trailhead
Two sisters thrilled to get to spend 6 days straight together.
Entering the National Forest
Despite warnings to filter water we drank straight from streams – and suffered no consequences.
Red and Green merging.
White and Green coming to ether with a piece of red spilling in.
Ants hang from wildflowers in late summer in the Trinity Alps.
Laina lays on a slab of Demon territory over looking Gods land.
After hiking 7 miles straight up we over look Deer Lake, our first camp spot.
Deer lake is nestled in a bowl between Red and White Trinities.
Frisbees became dishes rather than entertainment.
Diamond Lake, nestled in the Trinity Alps Wilderness along the Four Lakes trail.
Laina on top of Siligo Peak.
Looking down on Diamond Lake.
Our granite counter top.
Sleeping in a hammock in a zero-degree bag turned out to be claustrophobic and cold.
Laina in her yoga studio.
Better than brushing your teeth in a sink.
4 a.m. sunrise hike from Granite Lake camping spot to the saddle between Seven-Up Peak and Gibson peak.
Steve, 67-year-old back-packer and Vietnam veteran, watches the sunrise over Granite Lake in the Trinity Alps after a pre-dawn hike.
Our new found hiking friend Bryce brought a sleeping bag to keep us warm as we watched the sun rise.
Breakfast on the “couch” at our Swift Creek camp spot.
Montara, our oldest sister, met us with he daughters to camp with us near the Swift Creek trailhead and then drive us back to our car at the Long Canyon trailhead.