Wrights Lake to Grouse Lake

MODERATE 23 reviews
#26 of 78 trails in

Wrights Lake to Grouse Lake is a 4.3 mile out and back trail located near Kyburz, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1187 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

snow

Bring a kayak and travel the labyrinth of waterways behind Wrights Lake or take a picnic to Smith, Grouse or Twin Lakes Ample lakes and trails surrounding Wrights Lake make for nearly endless outdoor activities. Trail hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and star gazing are some of the most popular. Day hikes can be coupled with kayaking and overnight wilderness camping. Twin Lakes is wide open and it's a perfect spot to watch meteor showers (e.g. the annual "perseids"). In the spring, roughly March through May, snow melts in the high country and creates majestic waterfalls throughout this region. There's even a few unmapped waterfalls in this particular area that you may be able to find if you ask around. Note that this guide takes you only up to the junction where you can elect to follow marked trails to Twin Lakes, Grouse Lake or even Smith Lake. Twin Lakes is easiest while Grouse and Smith Lakes are considerably more strenuous. Thank you, as always, to Pollock Pines based ISP DSLWest who allows me to work on these guides during slow periods at work. Enjoy your Alpine Lakes!

backpacking
1 month ago

We probably got the last backpack of the season continuing past Grouse Lake to Smith Lake for 1 night (very cold and windy night), as we were hiking over snow from 8000' onwards and it began to get thick past Grouse Lake. Still great for hiking though and is well tread so the trail is easy to follow. All uphill so it's good work getting there, but lovely views and the lakes make it well worth it.

2 months ago

Time is running out if you haven't made this hike; as winter approaches trail will most likely close!

backpacking
3 months ago

Nice little short hike.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a TOUGH rewarding hike. It is simply up up up. The granite steps and boulders were brutal on your feet. It just keeps going up and up. But, when you scramble the last set of boulders and get to the lake shore, it is just breathtaking! Well worth it!

4 months ago

A great vertical hike! views are amazing and well laid out trail. Not for those with any back issues.

backpacking
4 months ago

Did a quick over night trip to Grouse Lake. It is a short trail but it does have a quick elevation gain. A few snow patches at the lake but nothing covering the trail. I would recommend bringing a lot of mosquito repellent.

backpacking
5 months ago

Great trail. Short and a good incline. Camped at Grouse. Runoff from the melted snow was amazing and the sunset even more amazing! Trail is pretty easy to follow. Trail gets a little lost after the creek crossing at top, but just keep going up. No problem with snow, most is melted away on trail. Heard there was more on route to Smith lake still.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike not too difficult and great views with a well maintained trail. Not covered in water anymore like previously mentioned. Only thing is that we couldn't finish the last half mile or so and get to the other lake (July 17') due to snow covering the trail. Probably just due to record snowpack from this previous winter.

5 months ago

The trail to Grouse lake is still inaccessible due to water. You can find the trailhead but only get about 3/4- 1 mile before being thwarted by water, unless you don't mind getting really wet. Oh well. We went around Wright Lake after attempting three other trails. All three trails were inaccessible due to high water. I suggest waiting at least another month to allow the runoff to dissipate.

5 months ago

The Wright's lake area is still closed as of late June. We went on the trail anyway. Expect some snow and very few wildflowers right now. Still pretty but not as amazing as it can be.

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

It's totally worth it !

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

It's a bit of a hike up, but an easy one back down.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

hike up to Grouse to see beautiful Brook trout in a small high sierra lake. Gorgeous! vista's are stunning.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Wonderful Hike! Some spots over granite maybe difficult to follow.

hiking
4 months ago

7/22/17 Hike
☆☆☆☆☆ Views
☆☆☆☆ Difficulty
☆☆☆ Popularity
☆☆☆ Trail
▪Amazing views at destination
▪You'd spend too much time looking down due to gravelly, fist size rocks that can roll your ankles and roots on trails, will be climbing over huge rocks as well
▪Ran into a few folks on the trails
▪Water was cold but tolerable once youre in so jump right in!!!

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