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Five Lakes Trail

MODERATE 160 reviews
#5 of 110 trails in

Five Lakes Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Alpine Medows, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1151 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

rocky

snow

Nestled in the foothills of the Granite Chief Wilderness peaks just north of Lake Tahoe, the Five Lakes promise dramatic yet tranquil surroundings, a place to relax, fish, or swim. Best visited after the snow has retreated in the summer, the Five Lakes Trail is one of the easiest and most accessible hikes in the Granite Chief Wilderness so you're unlikely to have this trail to yourself. Don't be disheartened if the trail is busy however, as the lakes themselves allow for plenty of chances for quiet and solitude. Great views, beautiful wildflowers, and plenty of room for exploration. It's like a playground but better. Stretching is encouraged since almost all of the elevation gain is accrued during the first mile or so of the hike. Once at the lakes, you can take it easy, swim, eat, and lay out, or you can continue on and hike around the ski resort, or head west or south and hit up the PCT and other trails.

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18 hours ago

Fantastic trail! Great for beginners- don't miss it!

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6 days ago

Very scenic on the way up and the lakes are beautiful.

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7 days ago

Amazing hike! The views were great all throughout. Bring plenty of water!

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13 days ago

Exposed for a good portion, bring sunscreen! Great hike, AMAZING wildflowers right now, lake was not frozen but patches of snow near the top and on the other side of the lake (saw some brave souls swimming!!). Lovely sweeping views in the middle.

14 days ago

This is a fantastic trail! The moderate rating is accurate and the views are great going up and down. Bring good gripping boots.

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15 days ago

This hike was amazing!!! The views were spectacular and the lakes at the top were so gorgeous.

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