Norris Trailhead to Vanderburgh Lake

MODERATE 5 reviews

Norris Trailhead to Vanderburgh Lake is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Oakhurst, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Norris Trailhead is about 1 hour past Bass Lake, on Beasore Road (which gets rather bumpy for part of the way near the trailhead). There are many destinations from the Norris Trailhead, and this is just one of the lakes that are very nice and have some very nice campsites. A nice lake with great fishing. It makes a great base camp, from where a myriad of day hikes opportunities await. The trail is steep right off the start, and then a little past halfway it gets a bit steep again. The lake setting is very pretty and provides great campsites, with great cover and shade.

2 months ago

A few steep climbs that are a bit tough if carrying heavy packs, but gorgeous views along the way. There are some beautiful, forested sections that feel magical, with a few meadows off the trail filled with wild flowers. Go a mile or so further to lady lake and there are lots of glacial waterfalls coming down the granite walls. There was some smoke from the nearby forest fires ty far affected the air quality last weekend, but a thunderstorm blew some of the haze out. Some mosquitos near the water, but not as many as anticipated.

backpacking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

fly fishing
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Monday, August 17, 2015

Would definitely not classify this hike as "easy!" Very rocky, uneven, quite steep in places, but a nice hike and destination.

hiking
Thursday, September 04, 2014

Fairly abrupt greeting from the Norris TH, as it gets steep right off the get-go. Flat in the middle and then a bit more up towards the end. Vanderburgh Lake is a very nice, smaller sized lake. The setting is beautiful though. Very quiet and great lake to set up camp at. Day hikes to various destinations are available (we chose to hike to Lillian Lake and surrounding areas).