Raymond Lake via Wet Meadows Trailhead

HARD 10 reviews
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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.

16.7 miles
3,106 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips




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

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

Monday, July 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.

Tuesday, March 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.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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

Tuesday, August 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!

Friday, 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.

Friday, October 14, 2016