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George Lake Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lakeshore, 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 September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.9 mi Elevation gain 1,984 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

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Recordings (131)
Completed (290)
Zach Stuckey
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BackpackingGreat!

What a beautiful trail. Did a over nighter at George lake, all trails is a little off. The trail ended up being around 10 miles total. There's not many scenic views but the lakes on this trail are gorgeous!!! Highly recommend!

Cassidy Jones
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Hiking

Great hike to George Lake today. No bugs, great temps. Made it up in 2 hours for lunch, went back down to Upper Twin Lake for a swim. Beautiful, enjoyable hike!

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Jirair Apelian
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the Twine Lakes and George Lake are all beautiful. this is one of the most popular camping areas so u better go as early as possible. i wish i could camp on Upper Twine lake as it is the most beautiful out of the three. the trail all the way UTL is covered with trees but the rest to GL is exposed. and also keep in mind that after 2miles in, you go down hill all the way to Twine Lakes so coming back is a challenge. take your swiming gear too.

Danielle Reents
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail. Stopped and swam at Upper Twin Lake. Water was perfect - cool and refreshing and clear. Lots of nice shay places around the lake to get into the water. Hiked up to George Lake which was also beautiful.

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devon carabajal
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BackpackingGreat!

Amazing trail. The trail is well marked and groomed. Lots of shade for most of the hike however do prepare for some major sun as well. The water in the lakes are perfect for swimming. Bugs are pretty mild. There are some nice places to pitch the tent for the night. George lake is definitely worth the extra quarter mile to get to, however it’s not as big as the biggest twin lake. Pack plenty water. There’s not much water until you get To the lakes!

Jim Hansen
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Great hike, nice full day. Areas of great shade and great sun, bring a hat and sunscreen. Mosquitoes appear to be gone, didnt need any bug spray. Went on a Wednesday, prob crossed paths with a dozen people. Lakes are full, few backpack campers scattered around.

Chelsea Mcnally
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Hiking

Such a great trail! Worth it going to all three lakes. Very beautiful! Pack a light lunch or snack.

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Tonya Hogue
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Hiking

Forgetting to start and unpause the recording shows significant differences in the trail length. This trail, according to tracked miles, is over 11 to get to George. Truly gorgeous with the wildflowers still in bloom. Take bug spray, mosquitos are aggressive. Highly recommended, one of my favorite California trails due to the diverse vegetation from the elevation change and the difficulty in and out makes it nicely challenging at parts both ways. Pine forest, granite clearings and peaks, wildflowers and lush green overgrowth with cool water and jumping rocks? It has it all! Make sure to walk around the right side of the lake up to the top of the large rocks there. Adding roughly .25 mile gives you a gorgeous nearly panoramic view of the mountain range across the way you won’t get unless you climb a little higher. As always, take lots of water. There is still a good stream to filter from i that’s your method!

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Bryan Syverson
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Hiking

Excellent trail, once again. Less buggy than 3 weeks ago, so lunch at George Lake was nice. Still plenty of wildflowers and even some snow plant. Hot; bring water.

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Bob Pennal
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Hiking

Nice day hike to Upper Twin Lake. Not a lot of day hikers. Almost all campsites at UT taken. Well maintained trail with a lot of forest and open area.

Nicole Mapleton
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Hiking

Bri Hoefer, yes, you need a permit to backpack on this trail. You can get a permit at recreation.gov inyo national forest

M M
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Hiking

Everything you want from a day hike. Well-maintained trail, beautiful views, alternating shade and sun, several water sources for the dogs along the way. A few very easy, solid stream crossings (I'm sure this is different during spring thaw). A few mosquitos by the streams. Seems perfect for trail running.

Kaley Wypyszynski
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Hiking

What a perfect day hike. I ended up continuing on to George Lake and I’m so glad I did. The trail was easy to follow and had plenty of patches of shade. It was a little buggy but not too bad, and I’d definitely recommend an extra layer for the top. It got a little windy :)

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Bryan Syverson
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Hiking

Fantastic trail that never disappoints. Quite buggy around the seeping springs between Twin & George Lakes. Picnic at Potter Pass nice and cool and breezy. Pretty busy for a Wednesday. Dog friendly.

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Bri Hoefer
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Backpacking

Hi, do you need a permit to backpack on this trail? Bri

Rebecca Bray
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Beyond Beautiful. Fabulous day that turned out to be just over 11 miles. Ended up off trail a bit as we didn't realize at the Kaiser Wilderness sign the you cross directly over the ridge and straight down. We saw a foot path to the left and headed up over a ridge. Very glad we had gps and eventually made our way down by meandering around a few drops and hills. All beautiful. Back on trail was easy to lower and upper Twin lakes which were the original destination. Then decided to go on to George Lake. What's one more mile?!?! Ha. It's a doozy of mile. All forgotten when you reach the lake. We felt it was far and above the prettiest of the 3. Heading back, the original part of the trail we missed about did us in. We were tired and it was steep. All in all, I do agree it is a hard hike, but doable in a out and back day. Took us 6 hours.

Christian Surbatovich
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HikingRocky
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Sara Rose Carr
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HikingOff trailSnow

An absolutely amazing day spent on this trial. Very light snow, majority of it off trail. We got off trail a couple of times, but was easy enough to get back on course with the AllTrails map downloaded. One of my favorite hikes I’ve done in a long time. If you live for the sierras, this is a great trail for you. We calculated 11.5 miles by the end, though spent quite a bit of time at George Lake scrambling around.

Sarah Husein
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Hiking

June 8 2020 Great trail, some patches of snow but for the most part, good to go. Lost trail at one part on the way back (halfway between the first lake and the trailhead), but easy enough to find. Definitely have the trail downloaded on AllTrails to reference. Incline was gradual, love the different terrain Counted 11.5 miles total, but maybe a mile of this was exploring George lake.

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James McCurley
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Hiking

Great trail, minor snow, very little traffic

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Dan Kirk
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Hiking

Small patches of snow once you come over Potter Pass to Twin Lakes, not much if any from there to George Lake. The trail wasn't as busy as the parking lot would have made it out to be.

Jordan Briski
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HikingMuddyOff trailSnow
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Austin Glover
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HikingSnow

The hike up until Potter Pass was great, because of the snow on the other side, it was not immediately clear where the trail was. From potter pass until the Lower twin lake was poor hiking, with a bunch of snow crossings. From Lower Twin to Upper Twin was great, from Upper Twin to Lake George was terrible and almost the whole trail was hidden under snow. Lake George was not pretty enough to justify the hike. I definitely would not hike to Lake George until the snow melts. I would recommend not hiking this trail until the snow fully melts.

Nihal Shah
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HikingSnow

Hiked on 05/22. We hiked till Potter Pass and turned back. There was some snow along the way but easily traversable. After Potter Pass, it was snowed in till the twin lakes (that’s what people returning from twin lakes told us). The hike to twin lakes was possible but would be hard with the snow

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Elisabeth Lagendyk
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Hiking

Doing it mid October had a few advantages. No one else on the trail, perfect hiking weather, some brilliant fall colors at various spots, but no flowers and a pretty dried out feel to the place. The hike to twin lakes seemed mellow, the hike to George is all up, but what a beautiful spot. Well worth the effort. Didn’t have too much time to explore, but George Lake seems like the perfect place to camp out. Sections of the hike towards the ridge out of twin lakes seemed a little steeper returning, but they are short and after that it’s mostly downhill back to the car. Relatively easy trail for some nice Sierra daydreaming.

king S
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Hiking

Spring in the sierras, absolutely amazing. Way too many people, definitely avoid the weekends for backpacking if you can. Mosquito's were only bad near water, 200ft from the water they were non-existent.

Justin Shoop
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HikingBugs

An absolutely gorgeous hike! The trail was very well maintained, but there are a couple spots where it is easy to lose your way closer to the lakes. Trail was mostly dry with small patches of mud when you get close to the streams. There are still a couple small spots of snow pack fairly close to the trail. Mosquitoes were pretty bad, so bring some bug spray or dress in pants and long sleeves. Would highly recommend this hike!

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