Grizzly Lake, one of Northern California's most sought after backpacking trails and I quickly realized why. It is quite a drive from Redding, but it's worth every minute you spend driving. This hike is not for the faint of heart. It is rated as difficult for a reason, especially if you are packing in to stay a night or two. Allow yourself ample time to reach the meadow. There are many springs and spots to refill your water supply along the way, so don't pack too much water. It does get hot here in the summer so dress accordingly and bring ample sunscreen. You may become very frustrated in the beginning as you have a very steep climb to begin with, but it only lasts a few short miles, but it seems like forever. Traversing through forest, and after a few long hours, you stumble upon Grizzly Meadow. Many people set up camp here and plan to hike the Grizzly scramble up to Grizzly Lake the next morning. Beware, if you camp in the meadow, hang EVERYTHING, we were told that deer come through and eat just about anything, even your underwear! If you are feeling up for the challenge, proceed through the meadow and make your way up the scramble to the top where you are rewarded with one of the best camp spots I have had the opportunity to rest my head. Up here you can swim in crystal clear snow melt, relax in your hammock, sun bathe, or just read a book. You also have the option to traverse through the chute on the far side of the lake and make your way up to Thompson Peak.