Tamarack Lakes Trail

Round Valley, California

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Beneath the rugged ramparts of Broken Finger Peak lie the starkly beautiful Tamarack Lakes. The trail to the lakes is one of the lesser known in the Rock Creek area and you can, at times, find enough solitude for a quiet contemplation of the High Sierran scene. The low number of visitors stems in part from the almost total lack of comfortable campsites around the rocky, sloping shores of the lakes. Backpackers are advised to camp at one of the lakes below and day hike up to the Tamaracks.
100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range

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100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range

by Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall (The Mountaineers Books)

Beneath the rugged ramparts of Broken Finger Peak lie the starkly beautiful Tamarack Lakes. The trail to the lakes is one of the lesser known in the Rock Creek area and you can, at times, find enough solitude for a quiet contemplation of the High Sierran scene. The low number of visitors stems in part from the almost total lack of comfortable campsites around the rocky, sloping shores of the lakes. Backpackers are advised to camp at one of the lakes below and day hike up to the Tamaracks.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Round Valley
Length: 14
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Mid-July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 9,700 feet
Top Elevation: 11,600 feet
Local Contacts: John Muir Wilderness; White Mountain Ranger Station and Mammoth Lakes Visitor Center
Local Maps: USFS John Muir Wilderness (North Section); USGS Mt. Morgan
Topo Map: Tamarack Lakes Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: 100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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