Backpack Swift Creek

Swift Creek Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by The Outbound Collective

The Swift Creek trail is an 18.1 mile backpacking or trail running trip in the Trinity Alps featuring glorious granite slabs, majestic meadows, rushing rivers and stunning stargazing.

After the first set of switchbacks, you'll emerge in Mumford Meadows. A few switchbacks later and you'll be stunned by the huge granite cliffs. There some great spots to camp - if you cross the stream (perfect for filtering water) you'll find some more spots near the water. The furthest spot has a great fire pit and a bench made of slab wood across two boulders. It is recommended to wear pants because the trail can be overgrown in places. 

Stargazing in Mumford Meadows is a must! Dogs and horses are allowed to use this trail. The trail is best used from June to October given the amount of snow that accumulates at elevation. 

Distance

18.1 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

3769 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Fitness, Camping, Photography, Running, Backpacking, Hiking

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

Nearby Lodging

Trinity Lake KOA

Trinity Center, California

Mount Shasta City KOA

Mount Shasta, California

Mt. Lassen / Shingletown KOA

Shingletown, California

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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