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Grizzly Falls -- Trinity Alps Wilderness

GRIZZLY LAKE

 

Elevation ---- 7,108 feet

Depth ------- 173 feet

Size ---------- 42 acres

Trailheads --- China Creek or Hobo Gulch

Distance ------ China Creek - 9 miles // Hobo Gulch - 19 miles

  

From a backpacking trip, July 2006. The waterfall tumbles out of incomparable Grizzly Lake.

 

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When taken -- was doing the "Grizzly Scramble" -- albeit the lower stretch and was fast approaching those legendary gullies -- including -- the world famous [some say infamous] --"Gully of the Damned. "

 

From Grizzly Meadows to Grizzly Lake there are a number of route choices -- can be kind of bewildering for first-timers. Over the years, have actually heard climbers -- mid-climb -- arguing -- and quite heatedly -- over route choices ..... having gone up by a number of different approaches -- including the Gully of the Damned -- can sympathize.

 

By the way .... several flickr members visited Grizzly Lake in 2009. Chaybert posted an awesome Griz Lake photo -- check that out -- and his graphic commentary about their trip -- and the Grizzly Scramble and subsequent "Leap of Faith" -- is humorous -- a great read:

 

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www.flickr.com/photos/rueb/3722124267/

 

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As for the climb "difficulty factor" -- best route choices, etc. --- that's highly subjective. Really depends who you ask. My own take, regardless of the route, the climb from meadow to lake is challenging. Just plain tough, but mostly in that cliffy (middle) stretch .... that being said ... think there is one route which is arguably better than the others -- and -- avoids that eroded Gully of the Damned. [Offers better footing.]

 

Will always have a fond spot for Griz .... for a number of reasons .... including the fact that it was my very first -- first ever -- backpacking trip ... can still remember standing in Grizzly Meadows .... looking up at the falls for the first time .... struck with wonder .... but still thinking to myself: "OMG -- the lake's up THERE???" ....... and .... am pretty sure my two backpacking companions were experiencing similar emotions ..... for a long time we just stood there spell-bound ..... in silence ..... wide eyed ... mouths ajar .... though looking back on it now from decades past ... it's anyone's guess whether our reactions were due .... primarily ..... to awe .... shock ..... or total exhaustion ..... or a combination thereof .... a wonderful trip, though, and left lasting, life-changing impressions.

 

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To see additional photos of Grizzly:

 

www.flickr.com/photos/garytrinity/sets/72157625907567935/

  

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"If you should die after visiting Grizzly Lake, well, at least you've seen the best the Alps has to offer. This is as good as it gets ...." // " .... Risk, uncertainty, challenge and responsibility; without them, it's just a trip, not an adventure."

--Wayne F. Moss - [1942 -2008]

"The Trinity Alps Companion" -- Ecopress Press

www.amazon.com/Trinity-Alps-Companion-Wayne-Moss/dp/18932...

 

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* Just for the record -- I don't have any kind of arrangement with Amazon -- include the link only as a convenience for visitors. That being said -- never met anyone who understood the Trinity Alps better -- or wrote about it more eloquently -- than Wayne.

 

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Taken in July 2006