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Coyote Lake OHV Trail is a 20.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lakeshore, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for camping, fishing, and ohv/off road driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 20.3 mi Elevation gain 2,532 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Fishing

Ohv / off road driving

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Very difficult trail to two beautiful lakes with great fishing and camping. The longest trail in the Red Mountain area with excellent camping and fishing. Difficult part measures 3.8 miles one way. Coyote Lake, because it is the largest and deepest lake, has the best fishing. A great weekend trip. Popular winter sports area. Signs mounted high on trees are for snowmobiles. Don't camp within 100 feet of lakes or in wet areas. Pack out all trash. Trail ends at wilderness boundary. Carry bug repellent. Located in Sierra National Forest. For current conditions call the High Sierra Ranger District at (559) 855-5355. A series of challenging boulder fields, very narrow in places. One section, immediately after Red Lake, is borderline extreme with giant tree roots mixed with boulders. For modified vehicles only. Differential lockers recommended.

Located in Sierra National Forest. For current conditions call the High Sierra Ranger District at (559) 855-5355.

Trail passes Red Lake on way to Coyote Lake. Great camping with good toilets. If you fish, make sure you have a fishing license. Trail conditions can change without notice.

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LYNN B.
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DENTED JEEP john french
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OHV/Off Road DrivingRocky

OMG !! 95 wrangler 32 inch tires,winch,high, lift jack !! will not go again til bigger tires 35s. beautiful Scenery must go tho. but plan on body damage and rock rashes lol. but to have seen the looks on my kids faces. PRICELESS!!

Brad Metzner
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Hiking

Great intermediate day trail!

Jeffrey Alford
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OHV/Off Road Driving
MARK BURTON
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Great wheeling up to the lake. I wouldn’t take a stock rig past gate keeper

Robert Fleishman
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OHV/Off Road Driving

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).

Mike Do
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Fun trail that is just challenging enough for my 98 Wrangler TJ with a 3" lift on 33's no lockers or winch. Made it to Red Lake, despise the "aggressive bear sighting" and past the Coyote Lake gate which is very rocky with minimal damage. Ended up turning around after a bit because it was time to head home. Big rock option on the way to Red Lake was fun and a good place for pictures.

Nolan Aragon
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Super fun run. Make sure your rig is built enough and you are a competent driver.

Morgan Aichele
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Good trail. Restrooms at Red Lake. Nice camping spots. Experienced drivers won't need lockers, at least to Red Lake,makes for a good challenge. I didn't make it to Coyote Lake. Currently have a 3.5" lift on a '17 JKU. Getting a 4" spring put on for the rest of the trail to Coyote to minimize damage.

Britney Reyes
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OHV/Off Road Driving

A great destination for camping with a trail that's not too crazy for a usually heavily loaded off road vehicle. If I remember correctly, I believe there's only a few challenging parts to get through. Loved taking the trip with my hubby and our dog because there's hardly ever other people there. We usually have a lake to ourselves. I'm looking forward to taking our daughter when she gets a little older.

Mark Thompson
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I believe it's only open June 15- Nov 1.

DENTED JEEP john french
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OHV/Off Road Driving
Tom Blount
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LYNN B.
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Milo Perez
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Milo Perez
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Brian Hitchcock
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Travis Laird
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Michael hicks
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Shawn Marshall
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