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Blue Canyon Lake is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pinecrest, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 1,194 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Snow

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Steep incline hike in the Emigrant Wilderness starting at Sonora Pass (108) and ending at Blue canyon lake, a glacial tarn sitting bellow a series of beautiful peaks. No trail head marker exists at the beginning but the single track begins at the parking turnout. Trail has several stream crossings and depending on the season snow and snow shelves may conceal the trail and creeks running below. Trail can become unclear in rocky areas so be observant of cairns or other signs indicating the route.

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Reviews (96)
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Recordings (56)
Completed (128)
Cezzy Mendoza
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HikingNo shadeRockyScrambleSnow

7/6/2020 Hike Steep but awesome reward at end and lots of waterfalls along the way. Be ready to scramble and cross creeks. Also recorded trip going in clocked 2.4 mi so this is technically a 4.8 mi hike there and back.

Kurt Grannis
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HikingRocky

Beautiful lake once you get there....steep incline and the trail is not always a trail, mostly rocky. So going back down is also challenging in certain places while other areas felt like we were rock climbing. One thing to know and be careful of towards the top, once the trail dead ends by the stream, you have to go straight down and over to the other side of the water. It can be very tricky to navigate as everyone needs to find a place to do so that they are comfortable with. But the lake is beautiful and we only saw very few people on the whole hike.

Mit Bour
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HikingIcyOff trailRockyScramble
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Alex Cheng
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

Hiked up to the lake and stayed overnight then headed back down. This is an intense hike but well worth it. Loose gravel most of the way with some parts that I'd consider a sprawl. Trekking poles suggested. I went in early July and there was still some snow on the trail. Bring spikes if you want to stick to the trail, otherwise there are a few other routes that take you up to the lake if you keep your eyes peeled and are up for an adventure.

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Liz Jarashow
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HikingMuddyRocky
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Michelle Fuentes
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HikingNo shadeRockySnow

Super loose rock in sections made hiking dangerous and hard. Beautiful river and multiple waterfalls.

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Scott Cantor
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Hiking

Oooh baby. Niceeee hike. May want to consider hiking this end of June and throughout the summer. Some sloshy snow made this a bit challenging, careful at stream crossings they were flowing. Dogs struggled a bit here. Take it easy and be safe. Great reward at the top.

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KRIS D
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Hiking

The initial creek crossing can be hairy if you're inexperienced or afraid of getting wet. Quite a bit of snow, everyone was turning back about 1.5mi in. Let me put it this way, there was enough snow that people were snowboarding. Never saw the lake. Nice waterfall where the snow begins.

Alfonso Magallon
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HikingRockySnow

Great hike

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Josue Baez
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HikingIcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

Just did this trail today. Had the whole thing to myself. I wanna say over 40 percent of the trail currently has snow. Especially towards the end. The lake was mainly frozen. Best to wait till July for most of it to melt. Luckily for me, I had my snow gear in my trunk. This was a truly challenging hike. The snow did make it harder. Plan accordingly. Bring water and maybe some water resistant clothes. Don't be afraid to take breaks.

Bryan Francis
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Hiking

Josie, in a low snow year like this year you should be able to do this hike by mid June without too much worry about snow/ice on trail. The lake may still be partially frozen though. As soon as I see the lake beginning to ice out on satellite images I will be attempting to hike up myself for the first time this season. I’ll try to remember to post a trail report if I do.

Josie Corrao
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Hiking

These are more so questions instead of reviews.. I’m from NY and trying to visit here first week of June. Will we be able to hike it in June? Or is it covered in snow?? Since the place is so low key there’s really no info online or on YouTube to answer questions!! Figured I’d go to the pros on All Trails

Micah Diele
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

What’s up guys!! The trail was amazing and had beautiful views when we completed it in November of 2019. We created a video of it and wanted to share it with anyone who might want to see what the trail is like! We hope you enjoy! https://youtu.be/W8TgrYw-3qY

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