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Chittenden Lake is a 14.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Oakhurst, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, fishing, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 14.6 mi Elevation gain 3,251 ft Route type Out & Back

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Please note: As of 7/19/20, Beasore road to Fernandez trailhead has a closed bridge, there is a detour on road 6S01 to Minarets road, which make the drive from Madera to the trailhead about 3 hours. You need a permit from North Fork Ranger Station. This is a fantastic backpacking hike that starts at the Fernandez trailhead. Head north by northwest to Chittenden Lake near Sing Peak. Loop east back down the trail by Vandenburg Lake for another great spot on your decline.

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Luna Robledo
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Hiking

Beautiful trail and lakes we will definitely be returning! We backpacked 1 night, camped at Vanderburgh lake which has many nice spots, fewer options at Chittenden lake. Beasore road to Fernandez trailhead had a closed bridge as of 7/19, there is a detour on road 6S01 to minarets road, which made the drive from Madera to the trailhead about 3 hours. You need a permit from north fork ranger station. The trail is all sand so bring your gaiters!! And your bugspray! Steady incline the whole time and then a serious push to Chittenden once you reach the rock shelves, follow the cairns carefully to stay on trail. The elevation made this hike challenging coming from sea level. Amazing views of so many mountains! Vanderburgh lake was warm and clear and wonderful. We day hiked to Chittenden from there. No water until Vanderburgh, about 5 miles. Saw very few other people there on a sunny mid July weekend.

Kyle Pickering
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Backpacking

An amazing hike, and beautiful lake. The trail is well marked. Once you reach the alpine, cairns and rock lines mark the trail. Easy to follow if you’re paying attention. I can’t think of anything that would make this trip better.

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David Zovak
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HikingBugsScramble

Great trail and destination for a cold, but beautiful night and sunrise. Lake is clear and refreshing if you’re game for a swim. Didn’t see many on the trail, but we were a group of 14 so it’s possible everyone ran away when they saw us coming...

Rey Cordova
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HikingOff trailScrambleSnow

Many moon ago (26yrs), experiences this area with Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides that only been in business for 3yrs. Our group of 7 and two young hardy Monster guides treck this 4 nighter/ 5 day’er backpacking adventure that never fell short of spectacular, for example enjoying a golden trout cut-up into sushi from this alpine lake. Outstanding view of Mount Whitney,Sideview of Half Dome not to leave out the Stargazing at night!

Kimberly Bradley
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Backpacking
First to Review

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...

Francesca A.
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Jacob Geier
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Jacob Geier
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Philip Lala
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Randall Bridwell
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Trent Hammond
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