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Swamp Lake 4x4 Trail

HARD 7 reviews
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Swamp Lake 4x4 Trail is a 24.1 mile point-to-point trail located near Lakeshore, California that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for scenic driving and off road driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

24.1 miles
4,438 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly

off road driving

scenic driving



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.

6 months ago

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

Monday, September 19, 2016


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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.

off road driving
5 months ago

9 months ago

off road driving
Saturday, September 09, 2017

Sunday, November 06, 2016