Raymond Lake via Wet Meadows Trailhead

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Toiyabe National Forest

Raymond Lake via Wet Meadows Trailhead is a 16.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Markleeville, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 16.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3,106 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

scramble

Take Blue Lakes Road off of Highway 88 near the 88/89 junction. Follow Blue Lakes Road and make the first left on Sunset Lakes Rd. Follow the dirt road until you see the PCT (crossing over the road) and park. Jump on the PCT heading south

hiking
9 months ago

Stunning hike. Started at Sunset Lake, followed the PCT south to the right turn to Raymond Lake. The hike to the lake is worth it. GPS indicated 12 miles total (6 each way, out and back). Large stretches of the trail are exposed with epic views. Bring extra food to share with the through hikers.

Sun Aug 26 2018

The all trails segment states this starts at wet meadows trailhead but on the map it shows this segment starting from where the PCT crosses blue lakes road. If you start from wet meadows reservoir trailhead it is closer to 10 miles round trip. I did this but also went up Raymond Peak. Gps shows 12.2 miles and 3200ft elevation for the tour. The road is fine to sunset lake but dont bother driving to wet meadows without a high clearance vehicle. I would rate the hike to raymond lake as moderate. PCT is well maintained and nicely graded.

backpacking
Sun May 27 2018

9 long miles uphill from where we parked. Gorgeous views the whole way. Very tough ascent right at the end. Gets pretty cold there at night with a light wind. Some ice on the ground mid summer. Come for the incredible views and few people. There were three streams for pumping water, so we did not need to pump the lake. Two streams early in the trail, and one close to the base of the lake. There is one section of the trail that felt a little dicey - quite narrow with a steep dropoff, with some looser soil than I would have preferred.

Wed May 23 2018

This is beautiful with wild flower meadows. Raymond lake is stunning. Is a great hike with dogs, and depending on the year there is no shortage of water along the trail.

Sun May 06 2018

beautiful hike. can have ice chutes on several parts of the trail into early summer.

Sat Jul 29 2017

Amazing trail, very beautiful scenery, challanging hike. the last 1.5 miles are a butt kicker. Just got back from my trip yesterday, still some snow making for some sketchy off trail work arounds.

Mon Jul 06 2015

This is an amazing and beautiful hike. Not sure who rated this as moderate but I would say it's a little tougher than moderate...at least on the way up. We camped at Raymond Lake and had the whole place to ourselves. Picturesque up there. Highly recommend. Just know it's a long 9 miles up.

camping
Tue Mar 03 2015

one of the best hikes you will ever take! perfect for canines. make sure to be at the very top of Raymond at sunset its truly amazing.

camping
Thu Jul 24 2014

You can't camp at the lake itself anymore. Just below it.

hiking
Tue Aug 21 2012

Great hike - we camped at Raymond lake with our kids (6 and 10) . They are great hikers and it did challenge them but they had a blast!

hiking
Fri May 27 2011

Great Day Hike (must be in good shape) but a better over nighter, Stay a night and try to catch some trout or summit Raymond Peak (10k feet, lake is at 9k feet), be prepared to bring bug spray through July.

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