Looking for a great trail in Mokelumne Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Mokelumne Wilderness ranging from 2.2 to 13.1 miles and from 7,791 to 10,380 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!




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great. no mosquitoes. beautiful wildflowers. temperature perfect in the morning. a little warm in the afternoon. limited shade. dont miss frog lake on the way.

Trail was easy to follow. Alot of waterfalls. Sprained my ankle a couple months ago... and made it all the way to the lake. If I can make it you can lol.

8/18/2019. Trail was beautiful with lots of wild flowers. The last leg from round top lake up round top mountain is challenging. Some areas of Steepness with dg and areas of skree. Views were amazing though.

Beautiful trail; easy walk with a bit of small incline. Best time to go is around late July to aug to see the wildflowers bloom. Hardly any mosquito that I’ve seen. Trail is not much shaded but it’s not super hot.

over grown
11 days ago

Did the loop counter clockwise August 1-3, 2019. From Carson pass to 4th of July lake is well maintained, and highly trafficked. There are a couple snow drifts across the trail still melting but they don’t obscure the trail or add much difficulty though they can be slippery. We noticed most people hiking to the lake hiked out the same direction and didn’t continue the loop. We found out why. After 4th of July lake the trail changes dramatically. Down to summit city remains fairly well maintained but much less trafficked and pretty exposed. Through the summit city drainage there are a half dozen downed trees of varying sizes across the trail. Just a couple are large enough to make finding the trail a little less than obvious. The climb out of summit city to the PCT is very exposed and very overgrown with thick brush. You’ll want pants because you’ll be wading through thorny brush patches for over a mile. Tons of bugs too, but they were more interesting than annoying. Once on the PCT things feel better until the climb back up to Carson pass. Rocky, exposed, steep, and the real kicker 2 snow drifts across a very steep portion of trail that have been melting and re freezing and are very slippery and icy. Consider going off trail around these sections. Hindsight I feel like I should have. A slip on this portion of the trail could send you sliding 100 feet or more down a steep embankment into boulders and shale. Probably not deadly but easily could result In Serious injuries. Personally I liked the challenges the latter part of the trail posed but I felt a little bad dragging my less experienced hiking partner over the second half.

13 days ago

very awesome easy trail plenty of flowers and equal amount of mosquitoes.

Maybe my new favorite trail in this area. The views are spectacular and each lake offers something different, with 4th of July Lake being my favorite for it's seclusion and rugged beauty. Just be prepared for a decently long climb back up..

One of the nicest trails I know! Only a few sections uphill, or tougher footing, otherwise it’s doable for everyone! Not too crowded either, especially if you go early! Emigrant Lake is a gem, there’s nice walking around, hanging out spots around it! It was freezing though the day I went. Just a fluke cold August day. LOL!

Went in the morning, Carson pass trails were packed with people and cars so we went further to Caples Lake. Only a few people peaceful and quiet, lake was flat.

Incredible wildflowers! The view from Winnemucca lake is amazing! Look for “watermelon snow” across the lake.

Fantastic scenery and the BEST week for wildflowers EVER!!! I lived in Colorado and have done some 14er hikes. I have never seen this brilliant of a wildflower display ever!! Cool at 8 am but warmed up when the sun finally came out! Still snow on the mountains above Lake Winnemucca.

Trail is visible. And hike is well worth it.

Went on 8/4/19. No snow on the trail—only adjacent to the trail. Wildflowers are in bloom, but probably not peak yet. Mostly lupine, mule ears, and paintbrush at this stage; others will likely bloom in the next week or two. Always a nice hike in late summer!

Killer hike, the side trip up the mountain is steep but the views from the top are worth it.

A beautiful way to spend an afternoon. Great hike and gorgeous wildflowers.

22 days ago

I began my hike at the Mokelumne Wilderness Trail head around 10:30 am. The trail is well maintained, with gorgeous views of Caples Lake. Great spots to take photos! Once you hike beyond the lake on your left, you begin your ascent towards Emigrant Lake. Nature is in full bloom! Butterflies and birds are everywhere ! Every 1/2 mile or so, you hear the sounds of rushing waterfalls, where you would least expect! What a wonderful time to enjoy the lush forest! As you come within 1/2 mile of Emigrant Lake, the snow melt has made the trail muddy and slushy in some parts, but that is to be expected. There is still plenty of snow on the Peaks which surround Emigrant Lake; Melissa Coray Peak, 9,763' & Peak, 9,795'. A small trail branches off to the right which takes you slightly around the lake, to find you own perfect spot to relax and enjoy the solitude. Leaving the lake at 3 pm, I returned to my car in the parking lot around 6 pm. All in all, I recorded 10 miles, over 25,000 steps taken. I had plenty of time to enjoy the entire hike from start to finish! Bug Spray! A must! Waterproof hiking boots will get you over the creeks with dry feet! Enjoy!

Hiked this trail on 7/28/19. The trail is amazing, lots of flowers (but not in full bloom) and there were still some snow on the trail, but it does not hinder the trail up the summit. It's about a class 2-3 scrambling to the top, but that 360 degrees view was amazing! I would say this is a hard trail because of the section from Roundtop Lake to the summit.

wild flowers everywhere! we continued to round top lake, bring a sweater the wind was whipping and frigid up there.

23 days ago

bring bug spray, it was a little buggy as soon as you pass Caples and start the climb. it was beautiful and quiet.

Beautiful wildflowers right now. Trail is all clear of snow. Wear mosquito repellent.

25 days ago

Great camping spots at Raymond Lake and the no name lake with small island, just before Tamarack Lake. Tough three day hike; probably more comfortable over four days with an additional overnight at Blue Lake.

This trail starts at the upper end of the Red Lake parking area and fallows an abandoned logging road to the summit at Carson Pass. Along this section there are nice views of Red Lake, Red Lake Peak, and highway 88 wind its way to the top. The trail heads south along the Pacific Crest trail pat Frog Lake with great views of Caples Lake, Round Top, Red lake Peak, and numerous peaks and valleys in all directions. After following the PCT down several hundred feet from the high point of the trail, it is unclear where the connector trail takes off to return to Red Lake. The old logging road that makes the return to Red Lake does not actually connect to the PCT and we used the downloaded map to navigate cross-country to find the faint, rarely used old logging road back to Red Lake. The terrain was pleasant, the old road becomes more distinct and steeper as you approach the lake. All-in-all a very nice trip but some route finding and bushwhacking to complete the circle.

Wow, just wow... Lots of diversity and and beautiful views. Not a terrible amount of snow covering the trail, no area more than around 100 yds. Started around 8am and ended around 3pm. Lots of picture breaks were taken as well as a break at Fourth of July Lake and Round Top Lake. Bring a boat load of water and a windbreaker and you'll be fine.

The hike from the parking area downhill to the lake was moderate and zig zaggy, but nothing difficult. I ventured off towards the waterfall. Did climb a few boulders to get through the pass. No man made trail, very natural and somewhat buggy. Fishing off of boulders. Would not recommend toddler aged babies, lots of rocks.

beautiful hike..bring bug spray..lots of waterfalls, creeks

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