Swamp Lake OHV Trail [CLOSED] is a 24.1 mile point-to-point trail located near Lakeshore, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and ohv/off road driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length24.1 miElevation gain4438 ftRoute typePoint to point
dog friendlyScenic drivingohv / off road drivingLakeRockyClosed
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As of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. Very steep with large boulders. Great camping along route. Contrary to what its name implies, Swamp Lake Trail is a high-elevation mountain route climbing to 9,600 feet at one point. Although much of the trail is heavily forested, the scenery is very impressive from high vistas along the route. You pass several excellent fishing lakes, although some require short hikes. The trail can be driven in a day but most people stop and camp along the way. Makes a perfect weekend outing. Located in Sierra National Forest. Large, challenging boulders and steep, hair-raising climbs. Muddy in places. Snow possible in early summer. Modified vehicles need very high ground clearance. Recommend at least one differential locker. For experienced drivers only. Damage is possible even for the most capable vehicle. Definitely not for stock SUVs.

For current conditions call the High Sierra Ranger District at (559) 855-5355.

Travel with a group. You may need help on this one. Allow plenty of time.

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Dominador (Jojo) De Ocampo
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OHV/Off-road driving

Good trail to practice your driving and spotting skills

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Kenny Shaffer
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HikingBugsRocky

Good trail ,lots of rocks,camped at meadow below the lake,lots of bugs,

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Ethan Boewer
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I hiked it, don’t miss Little Doris above Swamp Lake.

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Paul Murphy
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Fun!

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AllTrails User
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First to Review

Toughest trail i've done so far. 33's, 2.5" lift, no lockers, and a winch. Very difficult and that is what made it worth while. Not another rig on the entire trail. Just me and 3 other jeeps.

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Dominador (Jojo) De Ocampo
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OHV/Off-road driving
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Brian Hitchcock
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OHV/Off-road driving
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Wayne Wulf
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Brad Brech
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