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Barrett Lake via Red Peak OHV Trail

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El Dorado National Forest

Barrett Lake via Red Peak OHV Trail is a 15.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pollock Pines, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 15.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,381 feet Route Type: Out & Back



bird watching

ohv / off road driving






Note: This trail is currently closed for the winter. For more information, please see This is primarily an OHV trail, hiking is allowed but watch out for off road drivers.

ohv/off road driving
8 months ago

Great trail, non stop obstacles. This trail is a lot of fun and very challenging. It rained most of first day. We camped at Barrett Lake, it was cold and extremely windy at night. From what I here the wind is normal for this area. Be prepared. This trail is a new favorite of mine. JKU on 40's

9 months ago

Great trail. easy going to lake Barrette. bit dusty. no snow.

Mon May 06 2019

trail closed due to snow. NO updated schedule of trail opening, or at least it needs to be disclosed as trail closed to 4x4 during such and such dates. spent driving for 2 hours just to find a closed trail.

ohv/off road driving
Fri Nov 09 2018

Definitely one of my favorite trails! Thank you Hi-Landers 4wd Club for all the hard work you do to maintain this trail every year!

ohv/off road driving
Sun Aug 05 2018


Thu Jun 30 2016

Incredible scenery! Decent hike that leads to a stunning lake and beyond.

Sat Dec 24 2011

Although this is primarily an extreme 4x4 trial, I decided to hike it knowing that the views were going to be fantastic, I wasn't disappointed. The trial starts at Dark Lake. Take the Wrights Lake Rd turn-off from Hwy 50 and follow it for 8 miles to Wrights Lake. Follow the road to the left towards Dark Lake & park at the Rockbound Trailhead Parking Lot. If you are going to hike the trail I recommend you start from here & follow the Rockbound Trail to Beauty Lake & then to the Barrett Lake Jeep Trail. The start of the jeep trail is extremely dusty & rough & this route is much more aesthetically pleasing. Travel on the jeep trail is not easy in some places & it all smells of oil & floury dust (light gators recommended) but the views are awesome all the way. You might even get to see some jeepers munch up their rigs :). It is about 4.5 miles to the lake. My hike was longer than the 9 mile out & back because I hiked into the Desolation Wilderness to visit the plane crash site (N 38 55.201, W 120 14.185), about a mile past Barrett Lake, and then took a side trip to Peral Lake on the way back hoping to grab a Geocache but I ran out of time. I got it the next year tho. Remember to bring plenty of water (I had 4L & sucked it all dry) & some food. Tell someone where you are going & when you will return & carry a SPOT if you have one. This is not an easy hike & there is no cell coverage. There are bears & lions when there is no snow so stay alert. Have fun & take lots of pics.

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Sun Sep 11 2016