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Best trails in Mokelumne Wilderness

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Looking for a great trail in Mokelumne Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 17 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 11 moderate trails in Mokelumne Wilderness ranging from 2.2 to 15.7 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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Top trails (17)
#1 - Caples Lake to Emigrant Lake Trail
Mokelumne Wilderness
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 3 h 55 m
Heading west on Highway 88, once you reach the junction to Kirkwood ski resort, it's about 0.7 miles to the parking lot on the right side, just below the Caples Lake dam. The trailhead has a restroom.Show more
#2 - Woods, Winnemucca, and Round Top Lakes
Mokelumne Wilderness
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
If you want to add 4th of July Lake add a few more miles to the total hike. Going into the lake is downhill which of course means you must go uphill to return to the original loop trail.Show more
#3 - Lake Winnemucca from Carson Pass via Pacific Crest Trail
Mokelumne Wilderness
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
Excellent moderate hike at Sierra crest southwest of Lake Tahoe Only the fiercest blizzards close Carson Pass, which crosses the Sierra Nevada crest about 30 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe. The trailhead is next to a parking lot on California Highway 88, which means you can drive up, park and start hiking, snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing within minutes. Lake Winnmucca offers a beautiful introduction to high-country hiking: it's a little over 2 miles south of the Carson Pass trailhead with about 600 feet of elevation gain. Count on about five miles of hiking, and give yourself extra time if you're coming up from sea level: Starting out at 8,500 feet will be a shock to your system; don't expect to maintain your lowland pace. Veteran hikers and skiers often move on to Round Top, a jagged peak rising behind the lake, but rookies should stick to this easier alternative. Weekdays with clear weather forecasts are the best time to go; it can get crowded on the weekends and parking can be scarce, even in the depths of winter. In early July you're apt to meet Pacific Crest Trail through-hikers on their way from Mexico to Canada. Summer: $5 summer day use fee to park at Carson Pass. Pay via green iron ranger near the trail head. Winter: Nov. 1 to May 30: Sno-Park permit ($5) must be acquired at a U.S. Forest Service ranger station. Wilderness permits required for overnight stays in the backcountry -- also available at Forest Service sites.Show more
#4 - Fourth of July Lake Trail
Mokelumne Wilderness
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 6 h 2 m
Beautiful long day hike with stops at four lakes (Frog, Winnemucca, Round Top, and Fourth of July). Eight miles in and out with a great shady picnic spot at Fourth of July Lake. Trailhead parking at Wood's Lake off Highway 88 just west of Carson Pass. $5.00 parking/day hiking pass required.Show more
#5 - Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes
Mokelumne Wilderness
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 3 h 35 m
Visitor's Center to Round Top Lake via Frog and Winnemucca Lakes. Show more
#6 - Round Top & Winnemucca and Fourth of July Lake
Mokelumne Wilderness
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 6 h 23 m
Pristine alpine lakes, picturesque creeks, abandoned mines and glorious summer wildflower displays. Certainly one of the best hikes in the Lake Tahoe area, the trails to Round Top and Winnemucca Lake promise pristine alpine meadows and lakes, fast-flowing creeks, abandoned mines - and in summer, one of the finest wildflower displays to be found anywhere in Northern California. There's something for everybody in this area, which is why our guide also lists enough alternative routes and side-trips to please everybody. Elevation gain: - 2,300ft (from 8,200 - 10,381 ft) Show more
#7 - Frog Lake
Mokelumne Wilderness
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 8 m
#8 - Winnemucca Lake Loop
Mokelumne Wilderness
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 57 m
This is an easy single day Snowshoe or cross country Ski trail. Park at the snow park on the South side of Hwy 88. There is also a parking area just down that street that can access the trail but you'll need to cross the hwy. You will need a Snow park pass at either parking location. You'll enjoy views of all three lakes in this loop. Great views!Show more
#9 - Deadwood Peak and Upper Blue Lake
Mokelumne Wilderness
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 5 h 38 m
#10 - Round Top & Winnemucca
Mokelumne Wilderness
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 4 h 15 m
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