I hiked the Trail Gulch Lake/Long Gulch Lake loop on July 8, 2022. Here’s my report of trail conditions, lake conditions, and how the two drainages and other nearby Trinity Alps regions fared in the 2021 River Complex Fire.
Overall, this is still a fantastic hike. The River Complex Fire did burn substantial parts of the two valleys holding the lakes, and also the southern ridge that connects the two, but there is still a lot of unburned portions, and the two lakes are both in fairly good shape. And of crucial importance, the trail is still easy to follow, although you’ll have to pay extra attention in a few spots.