Rush Creek Lakes (Kinney Camp) Trail

HARD 1 reviews
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Rush Creek Lakes (Kinney Camp) Trail is a 13.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lewiston, California that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
13.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4914 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

old growth

over grown

scramble

hiking
Monday, August 03, 2015

The only reason this doesn't rate 5 stars is because of the lack of water the first 7 miles. It starts out moderately through forest & gets more strenuous when you come to a long, exposed (hot!) ridge. It goes back down along a rocky hillside, then into forest & up a brushy hillside before crossing a creek--these last stretches are usually not maintained, so be prepared for a bushwhack or bring shears. Once you cross the creek it's an easy scramble up the granite to the first lake. It's a little harder to get to the second lake & harder yet to the upper lake, but swimming is best at the upper lake. Early season there's streams & ponds everywhere.