Granite Lake, Swift Creek Trailhead | September 8-10 2017

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,


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 August 5th): $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.