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Chain Lakes Trail from Clark Range Trailhead

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Yosemite National Park

Chain Lakes Trail from Clark Range Trailhead is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Oakhurst, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October.

Length 10.5 mi Elevation gain 1,722 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

No dogs

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Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm

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Reviews (15)
Photos (57)
Recordings (13)
Completed (25)
Leslie Nipps
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BackpackingBugsGreat!Rocky

The five miles in through forest isn't too difficult, steady uphill. The Chain Lakes area is gorgeous, beautiful cascading streams, mountains with some snow left, lots of wildflowers. It was late June and very buggy, naturally. The first lake is smaller and buggier; each one got larger and less buggy. It should get better as the summer goes on. Completely alone midweek; started to get company on the weekend, but never crowded. It's a long slow drive to get to the trailhead at Quartz Mountain; I suspect that keeps some people away. Get permit from Bass Lake Ranger District ahead of time. Right now, the final bit of road to the trailhead is blocked by a huge fallen tree. There is an area to park nearby and hike to the trailhead a few hundred feet further down the road.

Hallie Benjamin
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HikingBugs

Hike out took us about an hour less than the hike in. Bring bug spray and lots of sunscreen. If you can, drive the long way out along the scenic byway from Chiquito pass TH - it is absolutely breathtaking (rivals tunnel view in Yosemite). Check out Mile High Vista if trying to research.

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Ross Hutcheon
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Chris Fontes
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HikingBugs

Completed this trail July 26th through the 28th. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Mosquitos were horrible this year on the trail and also at camp due to the amount of moisture on the ground still along the trail and around all of the lakes. Fish weren't to active at the middle lake but were aggressive at the top lake. we were successful with shiny, spinner lures. the last mile of the hike is pretty tough but overall a good fun hike and beautiful country. I'd recommend this as a late summer hike to allow the mosquitos to die down.

Yan M.
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The lakes are nice, particularly the second one. It took me a bit of time trying to find the final lake (have to scramble up the rocks ahead of the second lake) and I actually lost the trail at a couple of points on this hike. The walk was fine but there’s wasn’t much of a scenery.

Jeff Peterson
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Fishing
First to Review

Great weather some rain and smoke, fishing was great, mosquitoes where moderate to bad depending how close you camped to the water.

Gabe Carver
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Ross Hutcheon
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Backpacking
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Mal Rose
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Hiking
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Robin Usselman
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Michael Peterson
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Dawn B.
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Donald Thompson
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Lori Cherry
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David Hiddessen
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