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The Adventure: Canyon Creek Lakes, CC Trailhead

The Dates: October 6- October 8

The Miles: 18 miles (9, out and back)

What to Expect: We meet at 9am in the Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Parking lot to sort gear and do initial introductions. From there you will carpool and follow your guide up to the trailhead. From the trailhead we follow a steady uphill grade with some switch backing, creek crossing, and hill climbing. Our goal will be to make it all the way up to Canyon Creek Lakes the first day. Once at the lakes, further adventure, rest, and beauty of epic proportion is right out the tent door.

Who this trip is for: We know that the fall is a busy time for most people. Whether you’re an experienced backpacker who just doesn’t have time to plan a longer trip, or a beginning backpacker eager to do a big trip, we have you covered. With a lot of miles, serious elevation gain, we recommend this trip for those in good physical condition.  

Why we love this trip: This is one of the most sought after destinations in the Trinity Alps. We love this trip in the fall because everything is turning into bright autumn colors, the crowds are gone, and the bugs have completely died off. This is an opportunity to experience the heart of the Trinity Alps in one of the most spectacular seasons.

What to bring: Wild Beginnings will provide the following gear and equipment:

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cookware
  • Eating ware and utensils
  • Water bottles
  • Water filters
  • Food and coffee!

Clothing and footwear are the only things you need to provide. Wild Beginnings has you covered for everything else.  If you have your own gear (i.e. backpack, sleeping bag, etc…) feel free to use it, just make sure it’s wilderness ready! If you have any questions regarding your gear’s ‘readiness’, feel free to email your guide, wendy@thewbac.com

 

What not to bring:

Fire arms and weapons of any kind (animals are more afraid of you than you are of them), any illegal or recreational drugs (let’s get high in altitude) and as little technology as possible (we’re getting away from all that, remember!?).

 

Make it ‘Women Specific’! All you need is a group of 3 ladies to secure this trip as a women only adventure. Email wendy@thewbac.com for more details.

 

The Investment: $375

Early Bird Special (by September 5th): $325

 

*Permits obtained by the Shasta Trinity National Forest*




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The Adventure: Granite Lake, Swift Creek Trailhead

The Dates: September 8-September 10

The Miles: 10 miles (5, out and back)

What to Expect: We meet at 9am in the Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Parking lot to sort gear and do initial introductions. From there you will carpool and follow your guide up to the trailhead. Granite Lake is a stunning subalpine lake, half of it at the base of granite walls, half along a wooded shore. The trail is a steady climb through old forest, next to rushing creeks, and past fields and meadows full of wild flowers. Lower mileage leaves lots of time for rest and solo time or outdoor living skills practice.

 

Who this trip is for: The elevation gain on this trip is pretty significant. We recommend people looking for a solid weekend adventure and are in good physical condition participating in this trip.

 

Why we love this trip: This is a great trip to end an epic summer and kick off the fall. Warm temps during the day while the evenings cool off make this one of the best times to do a backpacking trip in the Trinity Alps. Lakes are often still at a good swimming temperature and crowds are few.  Best part? No bugs!

 

What to bring: Wild Beginnings will provide the following gear and equipment:

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cookware
  • Eating ware and utensils
  • Water bottles
  • Water filters
  • Food and coffee!

 

Clothing and footwear are the only things you need to provide. Wild Beginnings has you covered for everything else.  If you have your own gear (i.e. backpack, sleeping bag, etc…) feel free to use it, just make sure it’s wilderness ready! If you have any questions regarding your gear’s ‘readiness’, feel free to email your guide, wendy@thewbac.com

 

What not to bring:

Fire arms and weapons of any kind (animals are more afraid of you than you are of them), any illegal or recreational drugs (let’s get high in altitude) and as little technology as possible (we’re getting away from all that, remember!?).

 

Make it ‘Women Specific’! All you need is a group of 3 ladies to secure this trip as a women only adventure. Email wendy@thewbac.com for more details.

 

The Investment: $375

Early Bird Special (by August 5th): $325

 

*Permits obtained by the Shasta Trinity National Forest*

 

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Trips

The Adventure: Boulder Lakes, Boulder Lakes Trailhead

The Dates: August 5-Auguest 6

The Miles: Total Mileage: 5 miles (2.5, out and back)

What to Expect: We meet at 9am in the Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Parking lot to sort gear and do initial introductions. From there you will carpool and follow your guide up to the trailhead. Boulder and Little Boulder Lakes are a quick 2  miles from the trail head with its fellow lake only slightly further. Tall trees shade the lake while Lost and Taipi Lake sit a bit higher. 

Who this trip is for: Everyone can enjoy this trip! These lakes are a perfect introduction to the world of backpacking. Swimming in lakes, sitting around campfires, and adventuring to nearby lakes, this trip has a little bit of everything. Due to the shorter mileage this is also a great trip to bring out your inner chef and make lots of delicious food (like cinnamon rolls and back country pizza) that may not make it onto longer expeditions where weight is a significant factor. Remember, every trip can be catered to the groups needs. 

Why we love this trip: This is a super fun, laid back trip. Backpacking doesn’t always have to be rigorous and exhausting. Beauty, adventure, and rest can sometimes be found only a couple miles down the trail. 

What to bring: Wild Beginnings will provide the following gear and equipment: 

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cookware
  • Eating ware and utensils
  • Water bottles
  • Water filters
  • Food and coffee!

Clothing and footwear are the only things you need to provide. Wild Beginnings has you covered for everything else.  If you have your own gear (i.e. backpack, sleeping bag, etc…) feel free to use it, just make sure it’s wilderness ready! If you have any questions regarding your gear’s ‘readiness’, feel free to email your guide, wendy@thewbac.com

What not to bring: 

Fire arms and weapons of any kind (animals are more afraid of you than you are of them), any illegal or recreational drugs (let’s get high in altitude) and as little technology as possible (we’re getting away from all that, remember!?). 

The Investment: $275

Early Bird Special (by June 1): $250

*Permits obtained by the Shasta Trinity National Forest*

Email Wendy@thewbac.com to register 

 
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Trips

The Adventure: Caribou Basin, Big Flat Trailhead (Adventurous/Intense)

The Dates: July 21-23

The Miles: 18 miles (9 miles, out and back)

What to expect: We meet at 9am in the Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Parking lot to sort gear and do initial introductions. From there you will carpool and follow your guide up to the trailhead. The trail into Caribou Basin is not for the faint of heart. Steep climbs and steady switch backs takes you high into the Alps and eventually drops us into a massive granite basin full of several, high alpine lakes. Once in the basin you’ll have the opportunity to practice outdoor living skills and explore the giant basin we’ll be camping in.  

Who this trip is for: This trip requires strength and endurance. Due to the mileage and elevation gain, we recommend this trip for people who have experienced backpacking before or those in good physical condition.

Why we love this trip: It’s great to get up high and out of the heat in the dead of summer. This basin has some of the largest lakes in the Trinity Alps and tons of granite slabs to travel and camp on. Big Caribou Lake is the largest lake in the Trinity Alps making it some of the best scenery in the area. Epic views and great swimming spots make the hard work it’ll take to get here, worth it.

What to bring: Wild Beginnings will provide the following gear and equipment:

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cookware
  • Eating ware and utensils
  • Water bottles
  • Water filters
  • Food and coffee!

Clothing and footwear are the only things you need to provide. Wild Beginnings has you covered for everything else.  If you have your own gear (i.e. backpack, sleeping bag, etc…) feel free to use it, just make sure it’s wilderness ready! If you have any questions regarding your gear’s ‘readiness’, feel free to email your guide, wendy@thewbac.com

What not to bring:

Fire arms and weapons of any kind (animals are more afraid of you than you are of them), any illegal or recreational drugs (let’s get high in altitude) and as little technology as possible (we’re getting away from all that, remember!?).

Make it ‘Women Specific’! All you need is a group of 3 ladies to secure this trip as a women only adventure. Email wendy@thewbac.com for more details.

The Investment: $375

Early Bird Special (by July 1): $325

 

*Permits obtained by the Shasta Trinity National Forest*

 

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Trips

The Adventure: Stuart Fork TH to Morris Meadows (adventurous)

The Dates: June 23-25

The Miles: 18 miles (9 miles, out and back)

What to expect: We meet at 8am in the Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Parking lot to sort gear and do initial introductions. From there you will carpool and follow your guide up to the trailhead. The trek up to Morris Meadows is mellow and scenic. It slowly climbs up to a vast meadow giving way to amazing views of Sawtooth Ridge. You will have the opportunity to learn how and practice setting up camp, filtering water, cooking in a camp kitchen, and preparing well deserved breakfasts and dinners. 

Morris meadows gives way to options for further adventure or rest amongst giant trees. A day hike up to emerald and sapphire lake makes for a full weekend adventure. 

Who this trip is for: This is a great trip for a beginner backpacker who’s wanting to learn or hone in their outdoor living skills. Already an expert backpacker? No problem, this is a great trip to explore the Trinity Alps with out having to plan or prepare anything! Due to higher mileage we strongly recommend this trip to those in good physical condition. 

Why we love this trip: This is an opportunity to see the Trinity Alps emerge in color and life after a long winter.  It’s a relatively relaxed approach with rewarding valley views. This trip has the potential to be highly adventurous or a quiet respite.  French press coffee, campfires, and no bake deserts are always a plus. 

What to bring: Wild Beginnings will provide the following gear and equipment: 

  • Tent
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cookware
  • Eating ware and utensils
  • Water bottles
  • Water filters
  • Food and coffee!

Clothing and footwear are the only things you need to provide. Wild Beginnings has you covered for everything else.  If you have your own gear (i.e. backpack, sleeping bag, etc…) feel free to use it, just make sure it’s wilderness ready! If you have any questions regarding your gear’s ‘readiness’, feel free to email your guide, wendy@thewbac.com

What not to bring: 

Fire arms and weapons of any kind (animals are more afraid of you than you are of them), any illegal or recreational drugs (let’s get high in altitude) and as little technology as possible (we’re getting away from all that, remember!?). 

The Investment: $375

Early Bird Special (by June 1): $325

*Permits obtained by the Shasta Trinity National Forest*

 
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