Explore the most popular Camping trails in Dinkey Lakes Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 months ago

So, to start with you need to access through Tamerack ridge off of Hwy 168. The road in that is off of Dinkey creek rd is closed due to bridge out . The last mile to trail head is pretty rough and you will want a car with some clearance . I did see one van in parking lot that didn’t have clearance and I am absolutely certain he has damage to car . This trail to Mystery lake is short but thankfully you can keep going . Wife and I did Mystery , Swede, South and First Dinkey. That loop was 9.4 miles per my Garmin. If you go to Mystery lake first at the split your initial climb is steeper than going to First Dinkey first. The Lakes are all busy but we went on weekend so that is expected . There is a second split where you can keep going to Second Dinkey lake . This would eventually lead you to Courtright reservoir . I will add some pics . Do yourself a favor and get a paper map of Dinkey Lakes Wilderness at REI or wherever . The area is so full of trails it was nice to compare my Garmin to the paper map .

hiking
bridge out
3 months ago

Couldn't get to the trail. Bridge was out. Arbitrary 3 star rating. Also, the road leading to the trail (from the direction of Fresno) is very gnarly. Lots of pot holes. Take a car with clearance.

backpacking
bugs
3 months ago

We camped two days, beautiful lakes, easy in and out. Relentless mosquitos, no fish even rising in Mystery Lake and not biting. Talked to several people who were fishing at Swede Lake, same story (we tried there too!). Good first trip for a couple of novices other than no fish.

hiking
4 months ago

Attempted Cliff Lake from Courtright side 6/23/19, but Courtright Way was not passable with standard clearance 4WD. Solid snow/ice stands were difficult to pass. Cliff Lake from this side is amazing; not sure I would rate it “Difficult”, but there is some elevation gain at altitude.

Just tried to go up today and the bridge was out, no idea when it will be fixed.

hiking
Sat Jul 28 2018

Had a great little hike up to the beautiful little lake and went for a quick swim. Water was great, views on the trail were amazing. There were definitely bugs but once I used bug spray they didn’t bother me at all.

backpacking
Thu Jun 21 2018

Road was out and closed about 9 miles before the trail head so we never made it up.. A ranger said it should be fixed in 2-3 weeks.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
Fri Oct 05 2018