Coyote Lake 4x4 Trail

HARD 7 reviews
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Coyote Lake 4x4 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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

20.3 miles
2,532 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



off road driving

scenic driving




wild flowers


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.

off road driving
22 days ago

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).

off road driving
10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

off road driving
11 months ago

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.

off road driving
Saturday, June 03, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

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

9 months ago