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Barrett Lake Trail from Wrights Lake

HARD 2 reviews
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Barrett Lake Trail from Wrights Lake is a 12.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pollock Pines, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

12.2 miles 1804 feet Out & Back

dog friendly





off road driving

scenic driving





wild flowers



Camp, hike and fish at idyllic Barrett Lake. Makes a great weekend trip.

3 months ago

Incredible scenery! Decent hike that leads to a stunning lake and beyond.

4 years ago

Although this is primarily an extreme 4x4 trial, I decided to hike it knowing that the views were going to be fantastic, I wasn't disappointed. The trial starts at Dark Lake. Take the Wrights Lake Rd turn-off from Hwy 50 and follow it for 8 miles to Wrights Lake. Follow the road to the left towards Dark Lake & park at the Rockbound Trailhead Parking Lot. If you are going to hike the trail I recommend you start from here & follow the Rockbound Trail to Beauty Lake & then to the Barrett Lake Jeep Trail. The start of the jeep trail is extremely dusty & rough & this route is much more aesthetically pleasing. Travel on the jeep trail is not easy in some places & it all smells of oil & floury dust (light gators recommended) but the views are awesome all the way. You might even get to see some jeepers munch up their rigs :). It is about 4.5 miles to the lake. My hike was longer than the 9 mile out & back because I hiked into the Desolation Wilderness to visit the plane crash site (N 38 55.201, W 120 14.185), about a mile past Barrett Lake, and then took a side trip to Peral Lake on the way back hoping to grab a Geocache but I ran out of time. I got it the next year tho. Remember to bring plenty of water (I had 4L & sucked it all dry) & some food. Tell someone where you are going & when you will return & carry a SPOT if you have one. This is not an easy hike & there is no cell coverage. There are bears & lions when there is no snow so stay alert. Have fun & take lots of pics.