Upper and Lower Highland Lakes

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Upper and Lower Highland Lakes is a 7.6 mile out and back trail located near Markleeville, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.6 miles 1564 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

trail running

lake

backpacking
4 months ago

Just came back from a 2 night loop from Highland Lakes. The trail is not highly traveled and as a result can be tough to find. Make sure you have a map and compass so that if you if yourself in say a meadow or a washed out area, you can find your way out easily. We lost the trail entirely in a meadow on the Arnot Creek side and had to go up over a summit to hit the PCT to make our way back across. All in all a fun trip! Bears and Deer were a blast. Cows suck!

hiking
4 months ago

for hiking and camping, this is great!

backpacking
4 months ago

I did 3 survival training exercises 23 miles to Lake Alpine.
Put this trail on your bucket list.
Did all 3 survival trainings starting at Highlands Lake on Full Moonlight nights about 10 pm with NO flashlights preserving night vision end of July 4 years in a row. First mile is steep downhill then is easy hike and great fishing all the way to lake alpine. Keep in mind. During full moon, fish feed at night and rest during day.

Once late in August, no moon was able to see Aurora Borelis!!!
This only occurred one time so far in my lifetime.
Sometimes it is too cold and windy for propane bottles to function. I believe elevation is around 8,500 feet.

The view is like you are at the very top of the earth. Purely Breathtaking.
I liked it better than Mt McKinley.

camping
1 year ago

This is a nice area tucked away from heavy traffic. Two pretty little lakes, good camping spots and nice hiking trails with beautiful views. Camping, hiking and fishing... what more do you need!

camping
1 year ago

Highland Lakes is one of my favorite summertime peaceful getaways. The campground is nestled at 8700' between two natural lakes and surrounded by rocky Sierra peaks. The PCT is only a few miles away by foot and there are many trails radiating out in all directions. The area provides summer grazing for cattle so be alert when hiking. A startled herd (however small) can be a hazard! Getting to the campground can be a challenge and all wheel drive is recommended. Highway 4 as far as Mt. Reba is a breeze, but narrows to a single lane just before Lake Alpine (where the highway is closed after the first snows each season.) Just before 4 crosses the PCT, take a right down the mountainside on a dirt and gravel road 5 miles to the campground. I have never seen it even close to full. Water is hand pumped from wells and pit toilets are well-maintained. Bring your own firewood, especially toward the end of the season when the nights are cold and most of the available deadwood has already been scavenged by other campers.