Explore the most popular fishing 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
3 days ago

Absolutely incredible “hike”. One of my favorites I’ve ever been on. The walk down to the actual lake it a nice, easy walk. Not so much a hike. The real beauty happens when you walk around the lake and along the top of the dam (I’m an engineer so I nerd out over stuff like that). We were the ONLY people out there so that was also great. I would absolutely suggest this hike. The views are stunning the entire time.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice day hike. At this temperature (low in the 40’s at Trapper Springs campground) at end of Aug, NO MORE MOSQUITOES :)...and no water in any of the stream beds.
Beautiful destination. Only 2 groups staying at the lake the Friday before Labor Day weekend.
I’m going back with my 13 yr-old and dog for an overnighter before it snows.

The hike was more rocky than I expected. Other than that I enjoyed it the corny is pretty and we saw an Osprey nest. There was an Osprey flying high too. All in all a great time.

hiking
21 days ago

Parking: Turn into the camp and keep going down until you are where the trail begins on the app. At that point there is a small (fits ~3-4 cars) dirt parking area on your left and a gate on your right. Went around 10am and there was like 1 car there but by noon the area was full with 4 cars and 2 cars on the other side of the road. Easy to miss if you aren't looking at the app because you can go too far and hit the boy scout camp. Went during labor day weekend.

Walk; progressively downhill as you go in Not steep, barely noticeable. There are cut trees and a trailer at the beginning of the trail. Trees aren't super tall so it wasn't super shady. At the last part of the trail there are many ways on to the shore line. I went in through the first trail my dog can find. Found a nice shaded spot to swim with my dogs. Very clean. Lots of boats, jet skis

Shoreline: areas of pepples and areas of smooth sand+ gold flakes. So barefoot/water shoes base on where you are. The shoreline is a little murky when your dog runs through it but gets deep after a few feet.

So I personally like this place because it is isolated. By the time we left, there was 5 families all gapped out. If you want to rent out boats, that's at the North part of the lake. You can just drive and park right along the shore. But it was hella crowded.

backpacking
22 days ago

Great trail if you are looking for something short and not to hard . The view from the lake is well worth the trip .

23 days ago

Easy to navigate and beautiful lakes! Perfect time of year to hike it as well.

hiking
28 days ago

After having lunch at Upper Twin, we made the trek up to George to setup camp. The trail itself is well marked and easy to navigate but it is marked "Hard" for a reason. I don't think there is any part of that trail that is downhill, the best you're going to get is a slight incline. Most of the trail has a steeper grade than anything found on the Twin Lakes, it was certainly a fun challenge. After finding an ideallic spot on the northwestern part of the lake we decided to figure out a way to get up to Kaiser Peak. There is no distinct or marked trail but there are several unofficial trail markers that lead you in the right direction. The last part that takes you to the top of the ridge is a pretty intense climb on loose rocks. While I never felt in danger of falling, the steepness really took it's toll on our leg strength and fitness. The thinner air didn't help either. Coming down was also a challenge as we decided to scramble through bushes and stream beds all the way back to George. It was certainly fun but it's not something I look forward to doing again. When we returned to camp we ate a well deserved meal and watched the full moon rise over the glassy lake. It was a sight I won't soon forget. 10/10 would recommend this hike to anyone who is thinking of doing it.

This trail is paved concrete; beautiful stroll and view but by no means is it a hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

Devil’s Bathtub is a beautiful lake surrounded by some amazing peaks. The 4.4 mike hike up is mostly easy thought there is over a 1,000 feet elevation gain and it’s lost difficult at the end. The trails are well marked and the hike is beautiful. It took me about 2.5 hours with a full pack to get up there. There are plenty of fish in the lake if you’re into it. I did get hailed and rained on in the afternoon (mid August trip) but that happens in the sierras and it cleared up after. There are several good camping spots around the lake.

walking
1 month ago

Me and my three kids went up for the day. They enjoyed the hike and was excited to find the lake shore at the end of the trail. We went swimming and cooled down in the water and had the beach to ourselves. Beautiful scenery. Only thing that took away from it was all the construction and cut down trees at the beginning of the path.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful trail.

There was a group of us girls backpacking it. It took us roughly 6 hours up and 2.5 down. You will see wild strawberries, which you can eat and of course lots of poison oak so be careful and dont stray off the trail.

the last portion is a big of a challenge, as it is steep.

we drank from the stream, fished at night and talked to the rangers.

it was well worth the hike.

I enjoyed the hike but the trail was not always well marked.

off road driving
1 month ago

great trail very technical

hiking
1 month ago

Great Hike!!

This one is great for family. There’s a bit of dust and construction on the trail but after the first quarter mile or so it feels more like a hiking trail and less like a road. The trailhead can be a bit tricky to spot. The gate on the right is where it starts. Worse case is you’ll do what we did and drive to the end to the Boy Scouts camp before realizing we went too far. There are a couple of beach accesses once you get to the lake shore that are great for swimming. After those the trail appears to continue. Stopping at those first two spots and heading back came out to exactly 2 miles.

Great group hike. Fair amount of boulder hopping, thankful for those dreaded squats!

walking
1 month ago

Nice view. Easy trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike! Access was very easy. Parked off the side of dirt rode and started trucking. Went off trail through a meadow and spotted deer and cattle. Once we got down to the water we created a shelter made of branches and enjoyed the refreshing water. Highly recommend this trail for families!

hiking
1 month 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).

Could not find a specific trailhead but the map really helped us! It’s basically a dirt road- WELL worth the short hike! The lake is absolutely beautiful. There’s not really parking but we just parked on the side of the road. It was only my husband, dog & I and we didn’t see anyone else while on the hike! Once we got to the lake we jumped in since it was pretty hot out. The lake was so refreshing.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike. Like others have said it’s easy to lose the actual trail because of boulders, but as long as the creek is on your right, just keep going. Some bouldering if you want to keep the creek in sight. Didn’t go all the way back because of time and smoke from the Ferguson fire but still a good hike. Took a little dip in a larger pool and little fish swam around me. Lots of people at the beginning but less as we continued on. 8/3/18

backpacking
1 month 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!

hiking
1 month 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!

off road driving
1 month ago

On 29 July 2018, the gate at the base of Chicken Rock was closed. The ride from the trailhead gate (perhaps a mile drive ENE of the dam) to the base of Chicken Rock was a lot of fun, if only moderately challenging, and Voyager Rock Camping Area was a great place to spend the night, especially if you arrive around sunset.

It is 5.5 miles one way, 11 miles total. Took my 9 year old son and we made it to the lake in 2:40 and out in 2:20. Lots of people.

Beautiful. Definitely a little bit difficult to stay on the trails, but there were plenty of places to stop and rest.

camping
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with so many natural swimming holes and small waterfalls. The trail starts off well-defined but as we continued, we lost the trail multiple times. We had to clamber over massive granite slabs to try to pick up the trail again. Between using All Trails and keeping the water in sight, we always managed to find it again. But our hike ended up being 5.1 miles due to losing the trail multiple times. Wear appropriate footwear!! This is not a flip flop trail. Breathtaking views, lots of water, and no mosquitoes made for a great hike. 7/28/18

hiking
1 month ago

Can’t wait to go again and bring our swimsuits. Natural pools are beautiful. No mosquitos spotted. Warm weather in the sun, but consistent breeze and shade cover for much of the hike is present. BUT the trail to the pools seems to stop abruptly in several areas. As long as the river stays to your right you should be able to come upon the trail eventually if you get off of it. The start of the trail is in the back of China Peak. Drive in and head straight back. When you come upon 2 trash cans and a wooden pool you know you’re at the trail head! 7/26/18

love it

off road driving
2 months ago

Took the trail to Red Lake. It was challenging in my 5th Gen 4Runner with a 3" lift. We did need to stack rocks and use our rear locker at times. Took 3 hours up, about half the time down. I have over 15 years of off roading experience (rock, sand, mud, etc).

2 months ago

I thought this Trail was well marked, even amount of up hill and down hill. The lake was worth the distance! The drive to the trailhead was only an hour from Shaver Lake and on a paved road.

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