Explore the most popular hiking trails near Lakeshore with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
8 days ago

A great hike full of wonderful views. Wildflowers everywhere! The lakes were gorgeous and the fish were biting. Lots of insects but the views are so worth it. Woodpeckers, butterflies, babbling brooks, charming bridges and good balance of sun and shade.

I did this today as a solo dayhike in 8.5 hrs. It was among the best of many gorgeous hikes I've done in California. Awesome views much of the way, lots of lakes and creeks. Only 5 other hikers on the trail all day. I also made a detour to Nellie lake where I went for a quick swim to cool down.

birding
10 days ago

Beautiful trail with abundant wildflowers in several meadows.

hiking
11 days ago

Gorgeous trail. Recommend continuing to George Lake.

Only con was the amount of mosquitoes.

Killer hike, and I mean killer as in awesome and killer as in the last half mile to the summit almost killed me. There are many amazing views throughout. Take your time and make sure you stop and enjoy Gods amazing creation along the way! Hiking poles or a good stick highly recommended. I left mine at the trailhead; it’s all yours. BTW, the .6 mile road off of 168 that leads to the trailhead has signs saying private road and no trespassing. The road is owned by the packing station but it’s government property. You can indeed drive up that road and park just before the trailhead.

on The Riser to Kaiser

19 days ago

Beautiful hike with many great views along the way and wildflowers toward the top. The view at the top can’t be beat. The top has 360 degree views. As someone who doesn’t hike a lot, this was difficult but definitely doable. The last .3 mile to the top was brutal, but so worth it.

hiking
20 days ago

Stupid name for a great hike. If you're talking to locals, don't bother, just say you are going to Kaiser Peak.

Awesome!

on Twin Lakes Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Well laid path and pretty easy hike.. Great Views.. But was windy and couldn't stay for long at the lake and it became very chill. I would suggest to avoid on a windy day. It was 16mph when I had hiked.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views! The trail is clearly defined & easy to follow, but the dead trees are definitely a hazard that hikers should be aware of. I wouldn't want to hike this trail on a windy day.

backpacking
1 month ago

Just finished this trail mid June 2018 and it was beautiful. No shortage of snowmelt for filtering water at upper twin, lakes were full of trout that bit all day, days were sunny and warm, and nights weren't too cold. There was still a bit of snow on the ground, but I doubt it will be for much longer with the days getting warmer.


Spent two nights on the south side of the lake and mosquitoes were pretty bad (the only reason I rated four stars instead of five). Sun hit camp in the morning briefly, it was in the shade most of the day until about 3:00, then it got pretty toasty with not a whole lot of shade, and sun set around 7.

Second day we hiked to George lake for a while. Nice and full with a nice little stream running next to the trail. Lots of snow in the drainages so cross-country from George to kaiser peak is pretty much impossible. In the end it was definitely a nice hike and some amazing views.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is definitely a butt kicker! A lot of up up up with very little respite. The hike itself seemed more mental to me as, to be honest, it’s a little boring on the way up. No views or stunning beauty to distract you until you reach the top! But the top? An AMAZING 360 view of the lakes, mammoth mountain, etc. Great hike for technical and elevation practice.

on Twin Lakes Trail

backpacking
1 month ago

Just completed this backpacking trip on 6/2018 with the wifey and our 5 year old. Moderate hike, had its difficult parts but was very peaceful and rewarding to arrive at the upper twin lake and set up camp.

About more than half way we started to see snow which we were able to stop and hang out for a few. Took us just over 2 hrs to complete. Will do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes! Lots of beautiful views. Snow capped peaks in the distance, meadows, streams, lakes, cool rock formations. I saw two mountain quail, a yellow-bellied marmot and there were trout in the lakes. I stuck my foot in the water to see if I wanted to swim but it was very cold (snow melt).

I got a little turned around when I got to the Kaiser wilderness sign. I didn’t see the trail right in front of me that goes down the gulch. Luckily I had my gps to help me out.

There was still snow on the ground in June on the second half of the hike but not enough to warrant any different gear.

Overall a great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Went Memorial Day weekend and large portions of the trail are still covered with snow. Might want to bring crampons to be on the safe side, but you don’t need them for most of the trail. The views are beautiful! Worth it

This twin lakes is also amazing!

backpacking
3 months ago

I did my first backpacking trip on the trail in July 2017. That year the Sierras got an insane amount of snow, so there was still a lot on the ground, which made staying on the trail difficult. That was the only negative thing I can say about this trail.
The entire trip was amazing and I’ll defiantly be back once the snow melts.

Beautiful trail. Very cold in February but still runable due to lack of snow! 4 hrs to summit and return with snow on top. Can't wait to return in summer!

steeeep lol but take your time and you should be fine. the first 1/3 is tough but the views throughout are amazing. huntington lake and the snowy mountains in the back, reminds you that its well worth the hike.

A very difficult hike but is well worth the trip. Be sure to bring more than just a snack when you do this hike and bring a lot of water. This trail is very easy to get lost on so I do not recommend it in the winter when there is snow.

hiking
7 months ago

This is my all time favorite place to be. This was my first backcountry hike and I fall in love with it more and more every time I go back. Paved trails and easy to navigate. I personally prefer Lower Twin, but Upper Twin is just as beautiful. Enjoy fishing in both lakes. I have also hiked the extra mile up to George which is a nice little lake too. I love this area. I absolutely recommend it!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy to moderate only because the snow at this time (11/26/17) made trekking more difficult as well as staying on trial as this was my first time attempting this trail. It took me an hour and a half at a casual constant pace with no breaks to reach the first lake. Beautiful scenery throughout as well as great fly fishing! Would definitely hike again!

backpacking
7 months ago

Great trail. We’ve stayed at both upper twin and George Lakes. Both worth it, with great campsites and views. We made a YouTube video about it. Search Four Feet Up, George Lake. Hope you enjoy!

backpacking
8 months ago

Great overnight with my family this past weekend. It's mid October and there is snow which made the trip more exciting for the kids. I was there earlier in the week for just a day hike and it hadn't snowed yet, so it was pretty fresh! The one thing that became a bit of a nuisance was all the horse poop we had to dodge along the trail. It was everywhere. If you go on an overnight, make sure you stay out long enough to do some star gazing!

hiking
9 months ago

Easy to moderate hike. Arrived at the trail head at 8am and it was cold. Fun hike,lots of shade. Lower Twin Lake nice clear water, Upper Twin Lake stunning and gorgeous.

Fun hike with great views!

off road driving
9 months ago

Fun trail that is just challenging enough for my 98 Wrangler TJ with a 3" lift on 33's no lockers or winch. Made it to Red Lake, despise the "aggressive bear sighting" and past the Coyote Lake gate which is very rocky with minimal damage. Ended up turning around after a bit because it was time to head home. Big rock option on the way to Red Lake was fun and a good place for pictures.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail. Moderately difficult due to Potter's Pass. Both lower and upper Twin Lake are gorgeous. Plan for enough time to explore around upper as each side of the lake has great views! Always see dogs on this trail. There was still a lot of snow in July making the trail difficult to find at times but once the snow is clear it is very easy to follow the trail. Potter's Pass has a gorgeous panorama, perfect place to take a quick snack break.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail!!! Great views of the lakes and surrounding areas at the peak! Take plenty of water, trekking poles, a light jacket and a wide brim hat. It's not a walk in the park but the journey and destination are worth it! The first and last miles are butt-kickers. Park then walk to the packing station to start the trail. I went on Labor Day weekend and was able to reach the top because the snow's gone now. In June I'd been here but had to turn back halfway because the snow covered and hid the trail. Awesome hike overall! I'll be back.

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