I completed this hike on Labor Day, a wonderful time of the year to be in the Ebbetts Pass area. The trailhead is located in wide impressive canyon. The trail follows the canyon rim for a half mile and then you will begin to descend in the canyon, where you will cross the first of six small creeks. For the next three miles, you will proceed along a well-maintained trail, walking among the forest and passing through the occasional meadow. Along the way, you can catch glimpses of Silver Peak, at 10,722 feet elevation, and Highland Peak, at 10,935 feet elevation.
Finally you will come to the last creek, where the trail intersects with the Pacific Crest Trail. This part of the canyon, even in September, was filled with wild flowers and small cascading waterfalls along the stream. This was where we reached the end of the trail and should have turned around, but doing so was difficult. With each rock we climbed, or bend we turned, we would come across another small but beautiful little waterfall.
Finally, we made ourselves turn around the make our way home.
This was the perfect Labor Day get-away hike. Just the day before, we were at Lake Alpine where it seemed every inch of the beach or shoreline was occupied by families and vacation-goers, and parking was hard to find. Instead, we hiked for 4.5 hours and came across only four other hikers.
Getting there: Begin on Highway 4, heading northeast, past Bear Valley Ski Resort and Lake Alpine. Five miles past Ebbetts Pass is the trailhead for the hike. The trailhead is clearly marked.