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First Mosquito Lake Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October.

Length 6.4 mi Elevation gain 1,981 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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red codilla
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Difficult trail but rewarding!

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Timo Lin
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Backpacking

We did Mosquito Lakes as a 2-night backpacking trip. Brought DEET but never even had to take it out of the pack (late August). The lakes are progressively more scenic. So keep going, if you can—though as many here have noted, the slope and altitude make for a challenging hike. Trail ends at Lake 1 but we had no trouble navigating up the valley to lakes 2, 3, 4, and 5 by keeping to the right of the lakes (facing uphill). 3 hours to lake 1, another 45 mins to lake 2, and the rest are shorter/quicker. Took us maybe only 20 mins from 4 to 5. We wanted to ascend Hengst Peak from Lake 5 but stopped at top of Miner’s Ridge. Class 3 scramble was well worth the amazing views (we left our packs at the lake.)

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Brett Taylor
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This is a fun trail that took 3 hours to get to the lake. Around one mile into the trail it becomes very steep and stays steep for about 1 mile. Lots of small fish in the lake. Tons of MOSQUITOES! I guess that’s where the name came from.

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Simon Guérard
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Nice addon to eagle lake! But if you only do one, do eagle lake

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Tanya Degnan
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Amazing trip 2 years in a row with my family. Early August 2016 & early August 2017 What a difference a wet year makes!! More snow, water and greenery the 2nd trip for sure! The hike to Lake 1 is tough but the no trail, back country hike up to 2,3,4 and 5 is quite an adventure! We fished, swam, explored and had the best time!!

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Trevor Hoffman
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Getting to the trailhead is an adventure in itself. 90 min drive on rim of sheer drop cliff with 700 turns and 1.5 lanes (and no guard rail). Plus, marmots that attack car wiring at the trailhead. People recommend you literally wrap up your car in a giant tarp. Who could ask for more? But the hike itself is fantastic. If you can, make it to the lake at the end-- amazing scenery. Uphill the entire way there. Don't try unless you're in pretty good shape.

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Bob Klaas
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I connected the Cold Springs Nature Trail (2 miles) to the Eagle Lake trail (6.8 miles). All together, it was about 9 miles. The hike to Eagle and Mesquite Lakes follow the same trail until they fork off in different directions about 2.5 miles in. This trail is strenuous at times. I did this as a day hike. This hike is much more enjoyable if you give yourself a 3/4 to a full day. Pack a lunch, plenty of water, and spend an hour or two up at the lake resting and enjoying the fruits of your labor. Wear good hiking shoes and pack smart. I saw a few deer and a cinnamon bear along the trail. It was a great hike.

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Chris Cloyd
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Great hike with beautiful views. Would be a wonderful place to camp.

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Jesse Sanderson
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Beautiful and difficult trail.

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Doug Coomer
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Absolutely beautiful. The elevation change to Eagle Lake is continuous and difficult but well worth it. Hiked this with my step son during the government shutdown. Not a soul around. Easy to follow until you get to the scree area near Eagle Lake. Some had left small rock cairns to follow. Would be difficult to track in the snow. Stayed the night prior to the hike at Silver City (fantastic) which is around 8,000 feet so we had no problems with the 10,000 feet at Eagle Lake the next day.

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Josh Moore
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difficult indeed! the altitude was crazy! i had a hard time with it...but in the end it was very worth it...i recommend some time on a treadmill or some good training before tackling this bad boy...a friend also caught a bad case of altitude sickness...it was very unpleasant for her

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Brian Hite
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These two trails share much of the same trail but split about 3/4 into the hike. Starting from the trailhead, you quickly start a steep and steady climb that is uphill most of the first leg. This trail boasts some amazing views of the surrounding Mineral King area and is rewarding with an amazing oasis at the top at Eagle Lake. Trails are not blazed but are well established with the exception of one area that looks like it underwent a massive rock slide. This portion requires some minimal climbing over these boulders and some patience navigating the trail. Due to it's seclusion from the main park (visitors must embark on a 90 minute windy and semi-paved road to get to the Mineral King area), there was relatively low traffic on the trail and we had several wildlife sightings of Deer, Marmot and even a Grouse. Black bears are prevalent in this area as well but we did not encounter any traces on our hike.

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Eileen Vasko
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Eileen Vasko
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Cassie Fuertez
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Izmael Mendoza
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Evan Bass
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Lauren Bentch
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Diana Ortega
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David Chapman
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Trenton Kolb
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Brett Sharp
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Pedro Ramirez
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Brett Sharp
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Brett Sharp
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Todd Bradley
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Brian Lipps
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Raquel C
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Tobias Urbanczyk
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Jami Morris
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