Caribou Basin, Big Flat Trailhead | July 21-23, 2017

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,

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 for more details.

The Investment: $375

Early Bird Special (by July 1): $325


*Permits obtained by the Shasta Trinity National Forest*




Wendy Ewing

Wendy Ewing is a Washignton native and Northern California transplant. Growing up at the base of the North Cascades, her entire upbringing revolved around the mountains. With her family, Wendy spent most of her childhood backpacking, mountaineering, skiing, and mountain biking. With a strong passion for wilderness ethics and personal growth and development, she decided to pursue building Wild Beginnings Adventure Co. Wendy has written gear reviews for Trek Tech, Innovation & Tech Today, and Active Junky. In the winter season you can find her back country skiing and both trail running and mountain biking the rest of the year. Wendy lives in Shasta Lake, CA with her husband, John, and their adventure retriever, Sauvie.