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backpacking
2 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail back in May of 2016 for Memorial Day weekend. Snow pack still on the ground in some places, but trail and markers were easy to navigate. This was my first family back backing adventure. I see this hike being great for hikers of all skill sets. Want to do again and go deeper into the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness.

I hiked this trail back in April and there was still snow pack for the top half of the hike.

I liked that this trail was easy to moderate and definitely can be considered a day hike. The views of shaver lake and the surrounding sierras are beautiful at the top. I recommend this hike for all levels.

Great trail + camping, trail is only open June-Oct though.

Great trail. Will be doing it again soon. Weather was not good on the first day so the trip ended at west lake, but I will do the full trail next time.

hiking
1 month ago

good hike lots of mosquitoes bring spray but we'll worth the hike beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike. The rocks by the water are very polished so be cautious & where good shoes with good tread. Not a lot of water when we went in September; likely better in spring or even winter.

this is the 5th trail around lake shaver area that we have done that has not been correct on the mileage at all this entire trip was 9.2 miles from the trailhead to the lake and back. I'm really beginning to question now every trail on this All trails website. this is a trail that for the most part is up hill all the way,with the occasional flat spot that might last .2 miles or less. we are buy no means fully in shape regular hikers, it took us about 3 1/2 hours to make it to the lake and it was 4.65 miles from the trail head. coming back only took us two hours, so that should give you some kind if idea as to how steep this trail is. also the last 1.5 miles is very steep and rocky. I'm amazed that the review before mine said they made it to the lake in just under 2 hours, and we speed walked straight down hill all the way back and it took us 2 hours. So Kudos to the last reviewer who managed to run all the way to lake and climb 1800+ feet that is an amazing accomplishment. I also wish I knew where this site gets its mileage from, lime I said this is the 5th trail in a row that was completely wrong. I can understand maybe a quarter of a mile off but not almost 2....

This was a difficult hike for being over 40 and from the south!

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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 month ago

Disfruté mucho los caminos, las vistas son increíbles. Y no hay nadie, así que tranquilo. Almorzamos en la punta de la montaña, así que fue relajante no tener mucho tránsito de gente.

This hike is awesome! Uphill climb to Potters Pass then downhill to the lakes. Quite a few hornets in the area, in fact had to leave because our pup thought they would be fun to play with, boy was she wrong. The climb out was steep but once on the pass, downhill all the way to trailhead.

Easy hike with nice views, and a lot of bees. There is parking and a restroom right at the trailhead. The road up is a little bumpy but not too bad. My dog loved it :)

off road driving
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

We loved it! Easy enough for our 7 month old rottie :-)

Loved this trail! We went on a weekday and there were only 2 other people on the path. Easy enough for my little guy, with plenty of rocks to climb. The water was cool and clean, perfect day hike for all ages.

backpacking
2 months ago

An awesome 2 night 3 day trip! My girlfriend and I, took my cousin and his wife on their first backpacking outing here. A great backpacking trip for beginners and also for people who love to fish! Over at swede lake every cast I took I came back with a beautiful rainbow.
I suggest going to longer route to the First Dinkey Lake(left) instead of Mystery Lake(right) unless you enjoy doing straight up hill climbs, then be my guest!
Gave 4 stars due to the terrible road getting up there and the darn meat bees! There's thousands of them. But overall once you get there, It's gonna be a good trip!

2 months ago

me and my family enjoyed this trial, well worth the drive and nice weather and beautiful camp sites along the river.

backpacking
2 months ago

If u can find your way to the trail, which the road can be confusing (which I would have NOT found if part of my hiking party didn't leave flags out) & survive the road, it's well worth the "adventure "! Island lake & Rock Lake is beautiful & the sunsets are breathtaking & peaceful. :)