Granite Chief Wilderness area
Toni and I left the trail head at 5:30pm. The trail head is located near Bear Creek Road, in Alpine Meadows. It may have been a little late to start the hike but it was a warm day and the sun was just above the first ridge, which allowed for a cooler hike. The views on this hike are of the granite peeks that surround Alpine Meadows and we could see the Squaw Valley Ski Resort chairlifts at the top of the mountain. The trail is all up hill with switch backs for the first 45 minutes or so. The boulders and terrain are breathtaking at every turn. On our way up the hill we saw several hikers on their way down, including a couple fly fisherman. We arrived at the first lake and stayed just long enough to take a picture. We wanted to see the other lakes before it got too late. After about a 5 minute walk we arrived at the second lake. The water was clear and pristine, it looked like a great place to spend the day fishing and swimming. We were unable to find the other lakes, not sure where the trails were. But it was a wonderful hike. It took about two hours from start to finnish, but this was not allowing for time to stop and enjoy the lakes. I would recommend this hike for the morning or early afternoon, depending on the weather. If you plan on spending some time at the lakes, be sure to bring bug spray.
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