Five Lakes Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Alpine Medows, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Nestled in the foothills of the Granite Chief Wilderness peaks just north of Lake Tahoe, the Five Lakes promise dramatic yet tranquil surroundings, a place to relax, fish, or swim. Best visited after the snow has retreated in the summer, the Five Lakes Trail is one of the easiest and most accessible hikes in the Granite Chief Wilderness so you're unlikely to have this trail to yourself. Don't be disheartened if the trail is busy however, as the lakes themselves allow for plenty of chances for quiet and solitude. Great views, beautiful wildflowers, and plenty of room for exploration. It's like a playground but better. Stretching is encouraged since almost all of the elevation gain is accrued during the first mile or so of the hike. Once at the lakes, you can take it easy, swim, eat, and lay out, or you can continue on and hike around the ski resort, or head west or south and hit up the PCT and other trails.
loved this hike. absolutely beautiful. and pretty easy
The start of the hike is a lot of uphill through very pretty alpine landscape; not a lot of shade, bring water and sunscreen on sunny days. Levels off into forest and, as described, five scenic lakes. Great day hike, not too difficult with a lot of payoff.
Absolutely gorgeous views! Will definitely hike again and recommend to others. The only reason I gave this four stars is because I felt the trail could have been better marked along the way. There were a few spots on the trail where we weren't sure what direction to go. Other than that, we thoroughly enjoyed this hike!
Great hike! Beautiful scenic views all the way to the top. You do have to go past the first entrance into Deer Park Rd further down the road and then the trailhead starts on the right side of the road.
Excellent hike with gorgeous views. We even jumped in one of the lakes at the end of the hike up. Little steep on the way up but children and seniors were trekkin' it so no excuses, it's a must do!
Great out and back hike. Perfect way to spend a few hours with the dogs. Moderate climb for the first couple miles then flat on top. The lakes are clear, clean and great for a picnic, swim or dog fetch.