George Lake Trail

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George Lake Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Shaver Lake, CA that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.9 miles 2186 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
42 minutes ago

There are several trails around Upper Twin Lake that can make finding the George Lake Trail confusing. As you approach Upper Twin Lake from the Lower Twin Lake Trail, make sure to stay on the trail that skirts Upper Twin...keep following the trail as it heads over the Northeast section of the lake, and then back down towards the north facing shore. As you make your way around the northerly section, the trail becomes prominent again; and you'll have an excellent view of the two granite islands in the middle of Upper Twin Lake. The trail then meanders in a Northwest direction, away from the lake; and a steady climb towards George Lake. From this point, its nearly impossible to lose the trail.
I left Upper Twin Lake at 1525 hrs and arrived at George Lake 1600 hrs...the hike was mostly on an uphill course, but not too difficult to accomplish. If you travelled all the way to Upper Twin Lake don't let the short distance to George Lake stop you. There is a nice view of Upper Twin Lake about half way a long the trail; and a great view of the Kaiser ridgeline from George Lake.

hiking
2 months ago

There are several trails around Upper Twin Lake that can make finding the George Lake Trail confusing. As you approach Upper Twin Lake from the Lower Twin Lake Trail, make sure to stay on the trail that skirts Upper Twin...keep following the trail as it heads over the Northeast section of the lake, and then back down towards the north facing shore. As you make your way around the northerly section, the trail becomes prominent again; and you'll have an excellent view of the two granite islands in the middle of Upper Twin Lake. The trail then meanders in a Northwest direction, away from the lake; and a steady climb towards George Lake. From this point, its nearly impossible to lose the trail.
I left Upper Twin Lake at 1525 hrs and arrived at George Lake 1600 hrs...the hike was mostly on an uphill course, but not too difficult to accomplish. If you travelled all the way to Upper Twin Lake don't let the short distance to George Lake stop you. There is a nice view of Upper Twin Lake about half way a long the trail; and a great view of the Kaiser ridgeline from George Lake.

hiking
1 year ago

So the original plan was to hike up in the Sequoia National Forest but the roughfire was kind of concerning and after hearing a recent report on George Lake we decided to change our destination. I did a little research and the hike seemed pretty simple and not overly challenging for a couple of guys with minimal hiking experience. We started on the trail across the street from the small parking lot off Kaiser Pass Rd. We made it in about 3 hours, and I suppose it’s 4.2 miles I don’t know, I’m not really to the point that I track these kinds of things, but I felt we kept a descent pace while stopping to enjoy a few scenes. Potter Pass provides a great view of Huntington Lake, Lower and Upper Twin lakes are very beautiful but seem a little more likely to attract crowds. Arriving at George Lake there are a few sites to choose from on the east side of the lake and a couple more on the southwest side. We took one of the campsites on the east since a small group had already set up on the southwest side. George isn’t the largest of lakes but with a couple islands and rising fish you could probably spend parts of your days swimming and fishing and be pretty content. We decided to day hike up to the smaller College Lake on our day two. From there we followed a trail that was somewhat difficult to locate at times and not on any map and probably not recommended, up between a couple of peaks to find the Kaiser Peak trail. Once on the trail we worked our way to the top of the Peak and although the roughfire smoke limited our visibility we accepted the accomplishment of attempting and completing the day hike to Kaiser Peak as our reward. After packing up on day three we blazed the trail and made it to the truck in about two hours and about 15 minutes before it started raining. In all its glory I would revisit George Lake if for nothing else but to hike up to Kaiser Peak to take in the view which was stolen from me due to the smoke of the roughfire.

fishing
2 years ago

The parking lot for the easier potter pass trail is about 5 miles up Kaiser pass road, it will be the first paved parking lot with bathrooms. The Potter Pass Trailhead is on the other side of Kaiser Pass Rd and you immediately start a steady climb of about 1,100 ft for about 2 miles until you get to Potter Pass where you get spectacular views of the high mountain range north and a quant meadow just below you. This is a good place to take a nice break and soak it all in. At the beginning heading down from Potter Pass it is somewhat steep but just watch your footing and you'll be fine. Once you get to the bottom the trail takes you north and then bends west towards Lower Twin Lake, this whole stretch is about 1.5 miles. We left the trailhead at about 6:30 am and got to Lower Twin around 8:00 am and started fishing. The west side of this lake drops deeper faster on the west side of the lake which usually results in better fishing. We caught rainbows 8-14 inch on kastmasters and panther martins. After a couple hours we headed NW a couple hundred yds to Upper Twin Lake. After checking out the limestone outlet cave on the NE side of the lake we started fishing again at the north side of the lake on same lures and caught a few brookies and a couple rainbows 7-11 inches. The fishing was a little slower here, though it was closer to midday. After a couple hrs there we headed up to George Lake planning on checking out the caves. The caves are maybe .25 miles up the George Lake trail and were really cool. We poked our heads in and it was awesome but we saw animal droppings and didn't want to test anything that might reside in there but I have heard the caves goes all the way through to an exit! The trail to George Lake heads west uphill on the north side of the caves which we didn't know at the time so started heading EEW and didn't find the trail until about .25 miles before George Lake so we pretty much trailblazed the whole way which wasn't fun. The hike from Upper Twin to George Lake is about 1.5 miles and accending about 500 ft. Not the easiest of hikes but much worth it when you see the two granite peaks separated by a nice saddle towering over George Lake and Kaiser Peak visible over in the west corner. We hike around the Lake and only found one crummy campsite on the SW corner of the lake so we set up a camp on flat open ground with a grove and trees around you NE side of the lake. We fished that evening on panther martins and caught a few rainbows each ranging from 6-12 inches. We camped one night and headed home. I highly recommend this trip to everyone. Best fishing is May-June and Sept-Oct...Good Luck!

hiking
4 years ago

Well we went up Kaiser pass expecting to see a trailhead for Twin Lakes but we discovered that the trail head was call Potter Pass Cutoff. The beginning of the trail to Potter Pass was fairly steep with few switchbacks but it was only 1.9 miles to the pass. Once at the pass we descend into a basin and then the lakes are an easy hike. We found that alot of people were taking their kids to Twin lakes. If you continue on the trail around the second lake and ascend about 1 mile you will find that George Lake has alot less people and it is very placid. I was very tempted to hike over the ridge to the south west to the Kaiser loop but I had a couple of beginning hikers with me. Highly recommend this hike for beginners.