Destination: Van Matre Meadows
Van Matre Meadows are about 5.5 miles 3,000′ elevation gain from the trailhead
The trail rounds the bend to Stonewall Pass while temping hikers with a green shoulder leading to Granite Peak.
At Stonewall Pass, looking north into Red Mountain Meadow
At Stonewall Pass, looking south down at Trinity Lake
Lovely Van Matre Meadows, looking west toward Stuart Fork mountains.
Leaving Van Matre Meadows enroute to Echo Lake and Little Stonewall Pass, subalpine ponds or tide pools can be seen in the Deep Creek Drainage.
From Little Stonewall Pass, looking toward Echo Lake and Granite Peak.
Sunset alpine glow at Echo Lake
Siligo Meadows back dropped by Gibson Peak.
From Deer Creek Pass, looking south at Siligo Meadow and far in the distance Stonewall Pass.
From Deer Creek Pass, looking down at Deer Lake, and across at Siligo Peak (gray granite).
From atop Siligo Peak, looking down at Round Lake, and across to Seven Up and Gibson Peaks. Mt Shasta is visible in the far background.
Seven Up Peak and Mt Shasta
From atop Siligo Peak, looking down at Summit Lake, Siligo & Van Matre meadows. The trail from Deer Lake is off to the left (with a few snow patches remaining). The switchback trail down to Diamond Lake is near the middle of photo).
From the shores of Summit Lake
Another view of Deer Lake (with better lighting)
Sunrise alpine glow in Van Matre Meadow at my campsite.
The timing of this trip was perfect to enjoy wildflowers galore.
- The access road is in much better condition than it has been for quite a few years. In my opinion, a high-clearance 4×4 is no longer required.
- The Stoney Ridge Trail was in superior condition. To my recollection, the best trail condition I’ve encounter in the Trinity Alps in many years.
- On this low snow year, late June was perfect timing for a fantastic wildflower display; however, many streams were already dry. Planning on water sources normally available could be problematic.
- Reference my Trinity Alps Trails Link Page for maps, books, online resources, etc. (SUMMER 2014: Fire Restrictions)
- Additional blog postings about related hikes I’ve taken can be found in my Hikes in the Trinity Alps Wilderness category.