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

Definitely a “easy” trail. Not moderate at all. Great Lake and cold swimming most of the year.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Drove it and fished the lakes with my Dad on a camping trip. The only time I was and will ever be in the area. Beautiful area....

Nice easy hike, can also driven or mountain biked easily depending on weather.

we tried the trail on 6/24/17 and there was alot of snow at the top still it was hard to find the trail. One of the run off streams was hazerdous to cross. We had to turn back due to thunderstorms and lightning. We will try again later in the summer after the water settles down, besides that it was beatiful.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Nice views... Nice little flat EASY walk. No reason to be rated moderate. Camped there with my kids and my 4 yr old walked it with us many, many moons ago.

Aug 6th, we camped at upper blue lake campground and hike from upper blue lake to granite lake. Due to the season, the upper granite lake dried and made a wild flower blooming at the shore of upper blue lake. It was fantastic, like a flower fastival. And the hiking from the trailhead to granite lake was mild and easy, but lake was great.
I could recommend this course especially early August season.

off road driving
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Breath taking veiws

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I visited Lake Alpine since I was 9 years old at the STOCKTON YMCA camp. I spent most of my summers here exploring the surrounding areas for many years into adulthood. I know this area like the back of my hand.
I snowshoed, crossX skied, explored area before Robert Conrad built his beautiful house behind the "Dead Indian" ridge. Explored areas between Highland Lakes to Lake Alpine. If you look hard enough you might just find my initials on rocks trees. Stayed at Duck Lake Cowboy Camp to wait out a blizzard. I did one 3-day winter survival training session at Lake Alpine.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

It was a beautiful hike. There are still patches of snow (July 9), wild flowers, an numerous mosquitos. Beware that the trailhead says Grouse Lake and not Granite Lake. After on the trail, Granite Lake is mentioned. Great hike. Richard

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

This was one of my solo hikes and love it.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

It was amazing hiked in last year and meet up with some friends about 8 miles in. Looking to cross over from clarks fork to highland lakes.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Pretty trail around a pretty little lake. Very easy.

It was tuff but we made it up and back in one piece.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Another great trip to Granite Lake. What a great place to take kids to learn the basics, hone their skills and build enthusiasm and confidence. My 9 1/2 and 11 yr old made their 3rd trip here and they love it. Still pursuing the elusive fish, but the bouldering, day hikes and exploring are great and keep us busy.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I take my blind son (11) and my daughter (9) here very year for 3 yrs. An easy hike with a few inclines that are a bit of work for kids with 15-20 lb backpacks. They do great and enjoy every moment. We stay 2 nights and it is always a blast. The kids love climbing boulders and their favorite part is the river crossing log at the beginning of the trailhead near the lake parking lot.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Moderate trail with spectacular views and a very picturesque lake with options to continue on.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

This beautiful hike from near Clark Fork Campground goes steadily uphill with a few level stretches. You may encounter horses. The trail goes alongside Arnot Creet and eventually meets up with trails heading to Highland Lakes and the Pacific Crest Trail. Lots of trees and shade and wildflowers. I wanted a little adventure while staying at Clark Fork Campground, so I took this pretty hike with my 2 dogs. A contrast to the very dry conditions down the hill in Sonora, it was cool, and pleasant with meadows, a small waterfall, and wildflowers in August.

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