Red Lake Trail

HARD 1 reviews
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Red Lake Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Big Pine, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3861 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

views

hiking
1 month ago

I’m giving it three stars because the views of Split Mountain are gorgeous. But otherwise it’s a fairly oppressive hike to get to and to complete. For starters, the trailhead almost necessitates 4wd/awd + high clearance + off-roading tires (probably the most important being good tires, because even if you can clear the rocks and get through the loose sand, you’re still going to be driving over a lot of sharp rock). If you can drive to the trailhead, then you’ll need to add about 8 miles on around-trip. In general, the trail is not well maintained, very overgrown in sections and extremely loose in others. Because of this, people have tried to create their own paths, making it almost impossible to follow the mail trail the whole way. There are equally difficult, but more enjoyable hikes, in the eastern Sierras, so I don’t think this is a particularly “good” hike. Basically, I recommend doing other hikes unless you’re after CA’s 14ers.