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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 13, 2020
HikingGreat!

Nice hike through the woods but the end of the trail is spectacular. You can see the beach and trees for miles. The mountain views are incredible. Nobody in sight either. Totally submerged into wilderness. Highly recommend!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 21, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

Fantastic trail, completed with a large group on labor day weekend!

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rick russell reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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Closed

as of 9/13 this area is a high risk. Stay out untill bullfrog lake fire is under control!

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Amy Thomas reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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the road is closed 8/30 for the last 6 miles of road. grrrr. bridge closed

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Freddie Marsh reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingGreat!

Loved this short/easy hike with a great view. Short video review of our hike: https://youtu.be/y1twJ0UMhGg

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Trent Walley reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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Hiking

Nice easy hike to a beautiful fall.

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Ben Allen reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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Kelly Isaacs-White reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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Hiking

Always a beautiful hike. My go too every year

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Sara Radoff reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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Hiking

Great hike, beautiful lakes for swimming and dog splashing, and no bugs! Plenty of shade for the dog throughout the hike. Long drive to access and glad we had 4x4 in a couple of sections. We went for a day hike mid week and saw a handful of backpacking groups, but that was it. Not many people overall.

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Jim Dedmon reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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Hiking

Did this loop on the 15th. We took the tamarack snow park road in just above shaver lake. Road was fine all the way back until after the logging landing. The logging co grades the road for their equipment. After that the road is crazy. My son said it felt like the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland. Just when you think you are lost you will find the trailhead. It’s deep that’s for sure. Couldn’t believe about 30 trucks and suvs made the drive. We did a day trip. My Fitbit calculated 8.88 miles and 1360 elevation gain. Do yourself a favor and take the loop counterclockwise for a much less steep climb. We don’t fish, so for scenery sake, first Dinkey is the least pretty of the four lakes. South lake was our favorite, but sweed is very pretty. It was a hot hike, in the low 80’s and zero bugs. Lots of stream crossings with no water in them. This time of year is pretty dry but all four lakes have plenty of water. Trail is well marked. I hike every other weekend during the hiking season and I’d rate this trail about a 6 maybe borderline 7 out of 10. Seeing four lakes on one loop is really nice.

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Sarah Legg reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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Backpacking

Last hiked in 2014. Road in was a bit rough, but no problem with a small truck. Talked to the ranger beforehand, I recommend splurging” for the fishing permit! Spent 3 days 2 nights, ended up staying at Swede lake found an awesome spot around the back off trail. Some of the most amazing sunsets I’ve ever seen, no bugs. Went over 4th of July weekend. Buried the soles of my shoes as this was their last hike and duct tape was holding them together. No problem with critters, we used the counter balance method for food. Only saw a few other hikers. Very quiet. Got a bit of altitude sickness, and I think I will probably get an inhaler for the next hike. Overall great hike and I can’t wait to go back this year!

Just did this trail on Sunday 7/26. Relatively easy until the climb just below Cliff Lake. Cliff lake is very nice with a small beach on it's northern shore. From Cliff there is another climb and descent to get to Rock lake. Once there continue on to Second Dinkey lake and then climb up to Island lake.

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Stevie Knouf reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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Hiking

This has been one of my favorite loops to do for years! For a change of pace, try going straight to First Dinkey, then when you come to the junction to take the loop, go straight instead to Second Dinkey Lake. No one was there! Then if you have time, you can check out Rock & Island lakes as well!! They’re all gorgeous as far as I’m concerned! Bugs were bad in pockets, but not at the lakes themselves! The road from Tamarack is pretty well marked and fairly easy driving. When you come up to the original road (from Dinkey Creek Road) it gets tougher, but my friend made it in her Subaru without a problem.

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Kevin Brogan reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingBridge outClosed

Love love the serenity of the trail and the lakes. BE AWARE OF THE ROAD CLOSURE! We did not read the description of the roads on the app before going; silly us! We added 12 miles to the hike!

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Jay Weisberger reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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Hiking

We ventured from camp at Cliff Lake to do this. We attempted (and succeeded) at venturing x/c from the Three Sisters back to Cliff. We did not see a cairned trail so we started up the most obvious route we could find. Storm clouds had us retreat and we had to wayfind to get back. It IS doable but be prepared.

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Wonderful entry into the wilderness. Hike is straightforward to the junction with the Nelson spur. From there, a steady climb that isn’t grueling, but, if not used to elevation (me!) can be a test.

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First to Review

It's like a National Park back there! Make sure you see Island Lake & Dogtooth point.

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jeff akins reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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Hiking

I took my 7 year old son up for two nights the last weekend in June. You definitely need a high clearance vehicle. The rangers left a map for us with the permit that got us there pretty easily. The mosquitos were really bad the first day when the high was in the high 70s but with spray and nets we did fine. Wind and colder weather moved in the second day, highs in 60s then 50s, which mostly took care of the mosquito problem. The lowest it got was just above freezing. We stayed at Mystery lake at a nice spot on the south side. Did day hikes to Swede and South. Caught some small Brookies in South but none in Swede or Mystery. Some people we talked to said they had the best luck fishing at First Dinkey but the mosquitoes were the worst over there. There’s a neat creek to explore on the southeast side of South lake which is also the area we had the best luck fishing.

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Michael Klein reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingOff trail

It's wonderful getting out of the central valley heat up here! Some trails are not well marked, but you can still navigate your way to which lake you want to go with GPS. People say you need a huge high clearance vehicle, but any suv or truck will do. If you're careful, even a subaru will make it if you go around some of the ruts, but you just need normal off road clearance, nothing spectacular. If you are not used to hiking this high up, just remember to drink plenty of water while you're up there so you don't get altitude sickness! Otherwise this trail is great and hardly anyone there!

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Ethan Witt reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 28, 2020
Off Road Driving
First to Review

looks like a great trail but you can only hike it now no off roading. did not pack hiking stuff! bummer

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Justin Shoop reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingBugs

Took the tamarack snow park road in. Road conditions get worse the farther you go. Definitely want to drive something that has some ground clearance that can handle 6-8” road hazards. An SUV or truck should be fine. The hike was beautiful and there are tons of mosquitoes, so dress appropriately and bring bug spray. Once you get into the higher elevations the mosquitoes thin out, but there are still enough to bite and annoy. The trail was well marked conditions were pretty good with a few stream crossings and a few muddy areas, but nothing that you have to prepare for.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 20, 2020
HikingBugsOver grown
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Hiked & recorded this loop weekend of June 19, 2020. 27 miles total. Trailhead: Cliff Lake Trailhead, on the West side of Courtright Reservoir. Easy to get to. No need for a 4-wheel drive car. Trail Conditions: Hiked this loop counter-clockwise. From trailhead all the way to Mystery Lake is decent condition, easy to follow. The middle section of this loop leading up to and going around Black Peak is NOT recommended for beginners. It was poorly marked, easy to lose and combined sections of what looked like abandoned OHV trails. Please go with someone experienced and have good navigation skills. The last section of this loop south of Black Peak to the reservoir was OK, but overgrown with lots downed trees and a little tricky to follow at times. Bug Factor: 9 out of 10 for mosquitos! Yikes! Bring a net, spray or whatever new solution is out there to deter the skeeters. Might want to try a different time of year, and is the main reason why I’m not giving this 5 stars. Water: Tons. Always bring enough regardless. Streams, creeks, lakes were plentiful and flowing basically the whole route. Dog Friendly: Yes! Scenery: Mostly woods, with a few vistas, and of course all the beautiful lakes. If you are looking for meadows, Rock and Helm meadows are amazing. Crowded: Yes, at the lakes. Not surprisingly, all sites were occupied and day hikers were fishing there. Outside of the lakes, didn’t pass anyone. Overall this was a great hike! Mosquito factor put a big damper on things and would have been much better. Do not attempt this full loop unless you are experienced or with someone that is - you need navigation skills! If you’re experienced, interested in a little adventure and want to immerse in wilderness, this is for you. Otherwise, just go for the lakes, out and back.

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joe mclaughlin reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 19, 2020
HikingBugs

great trail highly recommend!! road to trail head does require high clearance vehicle. lots of mosquitoes. tons of peaks to explore, we camped at island lake and spent a day peaking the 3 sisters and doing some exploration of the dinkey lakes wilderness. TONS OF MOSQUITOES!!! 6/19 - 6/21/20

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Shawn Ellberg reviewed Mystery Lake Trail [CLOSED]
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Hiking

Great trail. We only went to Mystery lake cause we were late getting there. Trail is easy and well marked. Scenery is awesome as all high lakes are with only passing two people on the trail it was nice and quiet. Would recommend to anyone. But, getting there you need a truck. We did it in our GMC Canyon (2 wheel drive) and there’s as some spots I was a little concerned about. If you have someone spot for you in the uneasy area and have good tires you should be fine. Not all the road is sketchy though. Parking is at 8500 ft so the trail is nothing of a climb to first lake. We did have to take shoes off and cross one creek but only calf deep at that time. Others were just rock hopping. We’re going back for an overnight so we can explore the other five lakes later on. To get to the trail take Tamarack off rock creek road, right on Brewer OHV road, pass Jeep trail then stay left at Y. Follow until another Y and then left. Plus side, I didn’t see one mosquito!

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David Born reviewed Dinkey Lakes Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingMuddySnow

Took this trail on May 29 - 31. Yes the bridge is out. Upon obtaining a wilderness permit, the ranger have us directions to the trail head. We drove a two week drove SUV and had to stop 3.5 miles short of the trailhead due to snow on the road. The snow should be melting soon. In any case a 4wd with high clearance will be needed to make it to the trailhead. We first stayed at First Dinkey Lake and then at Mystery Lake the second night. There is some large patches of snow in shady areas. We brought mini spikes but we did not need them. First night got down to the upper 30s and windy. The second night got down to about 28-30 and definitely below freezing. Hike was good. There was one water crossing that we had to wade through. Others were could walk across logs and rocks. Some of the trail is wet with water from snow melt. Great views of the three sisters mountain. Great trek overall. I posted a photo of the road map to the trailhead given to us by the forest service.

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