Grover Hot Springs to Hawkins Peak Trail is a 15.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Markleeville, CA that features hot springs and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Uphill climb through trees, scree, & granite, to 10,024-foot Hawkins Peak. The trail is flat between the Grover Hot Springs trailhead and the Burnside Lake trailhead. Don't let this fool you! Make sure you bring plenty of water, as you'll need it. Both the Burnside Trail and the Hawkins Peak jeep trail are uphill the whole way. Don't let this dissuade you, however, because the views are gorgeous. As you climb, you'll see views of the valley below and the many over 10k peaks on the way. Bring something to swim in, because you'll want to take a dip in Burnside Lake. Unfortunately the lake is accessible by a dirt road, so you might run across a few car campers. That's ok though, because you can visit with them while you rest up for the final summit of Hawkins Peak, which is 10,024 feet up. Be prepared for a Class II ascent; you'll need your hands here in addition to your feet. At the top, you'll be able to soak in the breeze and take in the panoramic views. Make sure to have your picture taken with L.L. Hawkins' inscription from 1869!
Ummmm Wow. Loved it. Especially loved that Parking and complete land/Trail Access was included with the price of our Dip in the Hot Spring Tub. Arrive early. Stay Late. Make it a full day trip. Pack a lunch and maybe dinner. I didn't wanna leave.
Supper Dupper Trail ! Moderate Hike and at the base of the parking lot there is a Hot Spring Pool so bring a swimsuit. The hike features waterfall and lake...but i didnt go that far...just yet:(