Gilmore Lake

MODERATE 28 reviews
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Gilmore Lake is a 8.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near South Lake Tahoe, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,837 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
1 day ago

Great view at the end. Take an invigorating shower under the small waterfall. Be prepared for lots of rubble.

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful hike along a well maintained trail. Gilmore Lake is perfect for an overnight backpacking trip. Several areas have obviously been used for camping over time and work as makeshift campsites. The lake is crystal clear and full of fish.

1 month ago

Great Lake to stay at before heading up to Mt Tallac. Beautiful lake, we went on a busy weekend and still didn’t see too many people. You can get a good campsite off the trail.

10 months ago

Went up via Glen Alpine, great little hike. Was surprised to see so much water still, the falls were running strong! Here's to another great winter!

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked here from Aloha Lake - ~10 mi round trip. Steep climb up to the lake, but lovely little lunch spot. Had hoped to summit to Mt Tallac but had to turn back due to the time. Plenty of spots to camp around if you get up here!

hiking
11 months ago

Did this trail two days back. Steady climb. Lots of waterfalls and wildflowers on the way. The view is great too and it never gets boring. If you have a filter, you need not carry a lot of water. Went on to climb Mt. Tallac. If you are not in the best of shape but want to climb Tallac, this is probably the best route.

backpacking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Trail is well maintained, with a steady climb though you must like steps! Went the first week of August, found a wonderful camp site and were treated to a full bloom of wildflowers. Climbed Mt Tallac to a magnificent view of Lake Tahoe. Word of warning bring your bear can or be prepared to do a bear hang; our last night there one of the fellow campers had a bear visit their camp.

backpacking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Mosquitoes were insane.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I plan to backpack to lake Gilmore on July 4th weekend and was wondering if my dogs can make it. They're used to the snow in truckee. Also, what is the temperatures?

backpacking
Monday, June 26, 2017

Great little lake. Visited with friend on 6/34/17 and 6/25/17 from Fallen Leaf Lake at the Glen Alpine TH. The trail was free of snow until around 7800-8000 feet, or near the crest of the final ascent to Gilmore lake. We chose this route as it is trail is mainly southern facing and much freer of snow than Lake Aloha, Suzie, or Heather. We were able to day-hike, free of snow, to the Dick's pass area. Gilmore Lake however is still 80% frozen on the surface, and NO camp sites were visible. We camped on the other side of the old dam, on one of the only thawed plots of land available. Very doable right now, just not much area to camp, yet! Route to Tallac mostly covered in deep snow.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Beautiful hike

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hiked on July 16, 2016. Beautiful hike, but we showed 11 miles R/T, not 8.5 like it says in the Alltrails description. Beautiful views of Pyramid Peak with still a lot of snow on it.

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