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
owned Eagle Creek Ranch (then called Stoddard Ranch)
for 60 years, beginning in 1878.
Linda has hiked extensively throughout the Alps, and
is happy to share her knowledge of area trails in helping
you to plan out your hiking itinerary during your stay
at the Ranch. To whet your appetite, she's collected
a few photos from recent 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
Number of Hikes
There are about a hundred different trailheads in
the Wilderness Area.
Miles of Trails
2 miles to 37 miles
1360 ft to over 9000 ft.
Coniferous forest, streams, alpine lakes, granite peaks,
wildflowers, meadows, wildlife.
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.