Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Sierra National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
10 days ago

Such a gorgeous hike. Spent a few days out near Shaver Lake recuperating from a conference. The three lakes made for an incredible experience and great R&R. From the east coast and live at an elevation of 410 feet, so the elevation made this slightly challenging but once adjusting speed no issues were had. I'd rate as moderate - make sure to bring sunscreen and to wear hiking socks (to keep the sand out).

backpacking
15 days ago

This is an amazing trail with epic views! Backpacked 3 days with my husband for our anniversary this week and loved every minute! I’d consider it hard for someone who isn’t in shape but even a novice hiker in decent shape can handle the trek. Worth camping a night or two if you can. Bring bug spray and a swim suit, lakes are all refreshingly cool. Warms days and cool nights made for perfect camp weather. The trek from Upper Twin Lake to George Lake is the toughest part but worth it. If camping at George overnight be sure to make the day trek to College and Campfire lakes for great fishing!

The distance is accurate it just seems longer because it is pretty much uphill the whole way after the first couple of miles. Definitely not for beginners. I took my family up and it took us a little over 7 hours to get to the lake. Beautiful lake though, great fishing. If your up for the hike definitely worth it. Great fishing as well.

hiking
17 days ago

I don’t exercise at all so this trail slaughtered me but the views were amazing and the lake was stunning. Saw some horses on the way back to! It was definitely worth the suffering and the shin splints!

Did any of you guys make it up to Lake of the Lone Indian?

beautiful. lots of dogos on the way up, even saw a cow.

Fantastic trail. Scrambling up the sisters was pretty straightforward. Beautiful sunset.

This trail was a great way to escape for the weekend. Bring lots of mosquito repellent as they are terrible at lower and upper twin lakes. The nature is gorgeous along the way, so you will not be bored on the way to the lake.

Great first backpacking trip with my husband June 29-30. Weather was perfect, mosquitoes were kept at bay with repellent. They seemed the worst at Lower Twin Lake. The last mile from Upper Twin to George was the part that makes this hike designation as ‘hard’. Uphill most of the way during that last mile, some rocky areas that make it hard to identify the trail. But the views at George are amazing! So worth the hike up there!

backpacking
1 month ago

Went there on 06/23 on backpacking. Pretty easy hike. but the place is infested with mosquitoes and no one will be spared even if you use repellent spray and face net. Throughout the hike a colony of them will surround you and protect you from other insects. Couldn't stay outside of the tent for long.. Though the hike is pleasurable couldn't enjoy cause of the mosquito menace ...

First 20 minutes were brutal, tons of mosquitoes. It gets better though, hang in there. Try not to stop. Hobler lake is beautiful and very peaceful. Not too much to see on the way, most of the time you are walking trough forest with no view. But the forest itself is beautiful.

The drive up to the trailhead is gorgeous!

Just went up on Monday and the trail was beautiful. The last mile there were a significant amount of fallen trees blocking the trail so make sure you pay close attention and do not go off trail. The water level in the lake was pretty low, but still offered a beautiful sight. I would recommend it for the beauty, but not for the fishing.

Great weekend trip to Yosemite Wilderness without the crowds.

horseback riding
2 months ago

Yeee Haaw!

hiking
2 months ago

Memorial Day weekend and the lake was still frozen! Easy to lose the trail, so take a GPS with you

backpacking
3 months ago

I agree with the two previous comments from several years ago! This trail felt longer than stated...it is definitely all uphill with lots of switchbacks. We didn't make it to the lake and complete the whole loop. About 6 miles in there are several rivers and waterfalls...according to the map the split to start the loop should be right around there and we couldn't find it. We kept going up the trail, past where the split should have been and still nothing! This was a beautiful place to stop and set up camp...but we're bummed we didn't make it to the lakes.
Lots and lots of water, fallen trees to climb across, river fishing etc... I have never seen so many waterfalls in one place! I'm wondering if this trail would be more passable later in the year when there is less flowing water.

We'll definitely be back to try it again! But prepared for a longer, more challenging hike.

hiking
4 months ago

This place is like the veins of the earth. There are places to explore and swim here where no other humans have ever trodden. Some of the most beautiful scenery and peaceful feelings you will ever experience.

backpacking
10 months ago

The trail itself is beautiful. Lots of diversity in vegetation. Passing upper and lower Twin Lakes is a definite bonus before you get to George. The trail begins with a mild incline before leveling off for a mile or so. It comes to another incline to get up to the top of Potters Pass then going down the other side before leveling off again to get to lower and upper Twin Lakes. Not long after upper Twin do you hit a moderate incline that will continue for near the remainder until you get to George. There were a few different trail options, and we had to take out our map on two occasions. Once you've passed the upper twin lake about .25 mile or less there is a fork in the trail. The one that starts the incline on the right is the one to take, otherwise you'll end up at the backside of Upper Twin instead of George Lake. Lots of great places to set up camp for the night. The wind chill factor was pretty high up there and even at the middle of September we experienced 31 degree temperature overnight. Definitely take layers and plan accordingly! Once the sun rose in the morning it was perfect weather. No mosquito was a hue plus.

Great trail! Just completed the trail with Outward Bound California and Wounded Heroes Fund out of Bakersfield. Group of 7 Vets too this trail on and she gave us a run for our money. We ventured up to the top of the tallest Sister and trekked the ridge to the middle Sister. Definitely recommend it to anyone looking a a great hike with BEAUTIFUL scenery!!

backpacking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Great trip, beautiful lake. Still snow in spots on the trail and surrounding peaks

Thursday, June 15, 2017

some of the best swimming holes I've ever seen.

backpacking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

The lake had awesome campsites once we got there. The meat bees where everywhere in camp but if you can look past that Great Lake to hike to and not a lot of traffic when we went. Had the lake to ourselves.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

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
Sunday, October 09, 2016

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.

backpacking
Monday, July 25, 2016

Awesome!!!! Well worth the hike. Solid ground is a rare commodity if you are backpacking and looked to camp overnight. So the Early bird gets the worm. The trail is poorly marked and it's easy to get off track and end up at Lake Shirley. Just remember to stay to the left once you start the climb up from where the trail splits from the Lillian Trail Loop. Look for the markers on the left...

backpacking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

Great hike. It is actually 4.5 each way. Real good campsites near lake.

hiking
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

So the original plan was to hike up in the Sequoia National Forest but the roughfire was kind of concerning and after hearing a recent report on George Lake we decided to change our destination. I did a little research and the hike seemed pretty simple and not overly challenging for a couple of guys with minimal hiking experience. We started on the trail across the street from the small parking lot off Kaiser Pass Rd. We made it in about 3 hours, and I suppose it’s 4.2 miles I don’t know, I’m not really to the point that I track these kinds of things, but I felt we kept a descent pace while stopping to enjoy a few scenes. Potter Pass provides a great view of Huntington Lake, Lower and Upper Twin lakes are very beautiful but seem a little more likely to attract crowds. Arriving at George Lake there are a few sites to choose from on the east side of the lake and a couple more on the southwest side. We took one of the campsites on the east since a small group had already set up on the southwest side. George isn’t the largest of lakes but with a couple islands and rising fish you could probably spend parts of your days swimming and fishing and be pretty content. We decided to day hike up to the smaller College Lake on our day two. From there we followed a trail that was somewhat difficult to locate at times and not on any map and probably not recommended, up between a couple of peaks to find the Kaiser Peak trail. Once on the trail we worked our way to the top of the Peak and although the roughfire smoke limited our visibility we accepted the accomplishment of attempting and completing the day hike to Kaiser Peak as our reward. After packing up on day three we blazed the trail and made it to the truck in about two hours and about 15 minutes before it started raining. In all its glory I would revisit George Lake if for nothing else but to hike up to Kaiser Peak to take in the view which was stolen from me due to the smoke of the roughfire.

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