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Johnson Lake via Snake Creek is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Baker, Nevada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, birding, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

Length 7.0 mi Elevation gain 2,506 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Camping Hiking Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wildlife No dogs
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Johnson Lake can be reached by starting at the end of Snake Creek Road. This shorter, steeper route offers nice views of the Snake Creek drainage before reaching the lake and historic Johnson Lake Mine area.

Great Basin National Park 100 Great Basin National Park Baker, NV 89311 Phone:(775) 234-7331 Available 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Closed on Federal holidays.

From Baker, drive south 5.1 miles (8.4 km) on Nevada Highway 487, then turn right (west_ on the signed, gards Snake Creek Canyon Road. After 13 miles (20.9. km), the main road veers right, away from Snake Creek. You will reach Shoshone Campground at the end of the main road.

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Jane Z
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Hiking

Uphill all the way to the lake, getting steeper and steeper as it goes, but very beautiful and easy to follow. Did it end of May.

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Toni Williams
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This an excellent trail, well marked and easy to follow. We left the trail head and rode to Johnson lake then looped back around by dead lake to return to the trail head. If on a horse there is a couple spots you need to dismount to go under fallen trees. Other than that it’s spectacular! The total time was around 4 hours.

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Still Sean
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Roman Weresh
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HikingScramble

The trail had a tremendous amount of snow in upper section without clear markers. Beautiful throughout but very difficult. Could only recommend for the very fit.

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Eric Rosenthal
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Hiking

This route to Johnson Lake starts at the end of White Pine County Road 42 in Great Basin National Park. The dirt road is in pretty good shape except for some slightly rough stretches near the end, but it is narrow in places. There is a restroom at the trailhead, but no water. I think this route is shorter, but steeper, than the trail from the Baker Creek Road trailhead. I found this hike to be more strenuous than I thought it would be from the statistics. Maybe I was just having a bad day. As you near the lake, there are the ruins of some cabins from an old mining operation, and at the lake there are additional industrial artifacts. The lake is nothing special, as alpine lakes go, but it's scenic enough. You can continue past the lake and climb up to a saddle that provides access to a trail going over to Baker Lake, or to Pyramid Peak. Climbing up and down the trail to the saddle was a pretty steep and slightly treacherous endeavor, but went by fast and definitely worth it for the spectacular views and sense of accomplishment.

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Jessica Helquist Huntington
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Absolutely beautiful. This is a challenging hike, worth the reward. The old buildings from mining and milling were really cool. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. The stream on the way provided delicious drinking water.

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Jess Elder
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Wonderful experience.

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Andy Burow
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Corey Jordan
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Kenneth Johnson
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Emily Dyer
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Betsy Avila
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Ya-Ting Hsu
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Jessica Davis
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