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Grover Hot Springs to Hawkins Peak Trail

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Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Grover Hot Springs to Hawkins Peak Trail is a 15.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Markleeville, California that features hot springs and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 15.1 miles Elevation Gain: 4,032 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching



hot springs


wild flowers


Uphill climb through trees, scree, & granite, to 10,024-foot Hawkins Peak. The trail is flat between the Grover Hot Springs trailhead and the Burnside Lake trailhead. Don't let this fool you! Make sure you bring plenty of water, as you'll need it. Both the Burnside Trail and the Hawkins Peak jeep trail are uphill the whole way. Don't let this dissuade you, however, because the views are gorgeous. As you climb, you'll see views of the valley below and the many over 10k peaks on the way. Bring something to swim in, because you'll want to take a dip in Burnside Lake. Unfortunately the lake is accessible by a dirt road, so you might run across a few car campers. That's ok though, because you can visit with them while you rest up for the final summit of Hawkins Peak, which is 10,024 feet up. Be prepared for a Class II ascent; you'll need your hands here in addition to your feet. At the top, you'll be able to soak in the breeze and take in the panoramic views. Make sure to have your picture taken with L.L. Hawkins' inscription from 1869!

11 months ago

Tough on the way up. Narrow switches. Beautiful views! Didn’t have time to finish at Hawkins but may complete the last end with a drive up to Burnside lake next time.

Fri May 31 2019

Beautiful. Too much snow for me to make it to Burnside Lake.

Mon Jul 23 2018

Great hike. You can camp at the hotsprings and hike from there. Hard rating is appropriate. Total for my recording was 16.4 miles, 3700 ft elevation gain (we opted to not scramble to the cell phone tower). Took us 9 hours with probably 90 minutes of breaks. Footing is good throughout, a bit sandy at times, bushwhacky at other times. Looked like the parks were working at clearing the trail. After the lake the hike is on OHV roads. Great views the whole time, very diverse wildlife, forests and meadows. Also if you are looking for solitude, this hike has it. We saw two hikers the whole day. The lake is accessible by road so there were some people there but that was it.

Fri Nov 04 2016

Ummmm Wow. Loved it. Especially loved that Parking and complete land/Trail Access was included with the price of our Dip in the Hot Spring Tub. Arrive early. Stay Late. Make it a full day trip. Pack a lunch and maybe dinner. I didn't wanna leave.

Mon May 06 2013

Supper Dupper Trail ! Moderate Hike and at the base of the parking lot there is a Hot Spring Pool so bring a swimsuit. The hike features waterfall and lake...but i didnt go that far...just yet:(