General Creek Trail

Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park, California

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General Creek Trail is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 7,306 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,129 feet.
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General Creek Trail is a hiking trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 7,306 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,129 feet. This trail connects with the following: Upper General Creek Trail, Miller Lake and Lost Lake.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park
Distance: 2.7
Elevation Gain: 1,129 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 7,306 feet
Top Elevation: 7,306 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Parks: Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point State Park
Elevation Min/Max: 6545/7306 ft
Elevation Start/End: 7306/7306 ft

General Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"These two quiet lakes are far enough off the beaten path to ensure a peaceful visit for those in search of some serenity. The first 2.75 miles follow a cool and shady course up the wide, forested valley of General Creek, gaining only 200 feet of elevation along the way to the Lily Pond junction. A short climb beyond the junction to Lily Pond leads to a good turnaround point for groups with young children, or anyone else looking for a relaxing stroll. Past the junction, the General Creek Trail climbs more steeply before reaching the lakes, which provide refreshing swimming opportunities."

"The General Creek area offers something for all abilities; you can simply turn around at any point. Begin at Sugar Pine Point State Park Campground and cruise up the canyon on a well-graded dirt road. At 2.0 miles, where the road crosses General Creek for the return of the short loop option, a gorgeous singletrack heads into the woods. What begins as a well-packed trail becomes progressively steep, technical, and secluded as it follows General Creek up the lush canyon. In places, the alders are in your face. Nearly 5 miles into the ride the trail crosses the creek, where there are some nice upstream pools. From there, a quarter-mile of steep hike-a-bike takes you up to the rutted and overgrown Forest Service road leading to Lost Lake. Along the way, the views of Lake Tahoe are striking. Since bikes are not allowed in designated wilderness areas, this is as close to the Desolation Wilderness as you can get. While this is a great spot to camp, a trailer would not make it up the hike-a-bike."

"Two quiet lakes that are far enough off the beaten path to ensure a peaceful visit are the goals of this trip. The first 2.75 miles follow a cool and shady course up the wide, forested valley of General Creek, gaining only 200 feet of elevation along the way to the Lily Pond junction.

After a short climb, Lily Pond is a good turnaround point for groups with young children, or anyone else who wants to take it easy. Past the junction, the General Creek Trail climbs more steeply to the lakes, which let swimmers take a refreshing afternoon dip and where anglers can dangle a line."

General Creek Trail Reviews

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Very beautiful and quiet lake once you arrive. Getting there (the journey) is the fun part. The first 5 miles pass through a gradually increasing canyon with gorgeous meadows and wildflowers mixed with pine/fern forest. At mile 5 you cross the creek on boulders and carry your bike to the other side. You quickly discover that the remaining .5 of the trip to the jeep trail is a billy goat trail that is almost straight up a gorge. There is no part of this that is rideable. The view of the lake is gorgeous after getting to the top and catching your breath. The jeep trail is not much of a trail anymore. It is washed out, rutted and downed trees block any passage via vehicle. The last two miles climb pretty steadily to the lake with a few flat stretches. Bring oxygen and lots of water. The guidebook suggests 2.5 hrs for the round trip but I spent 4.0 hrs without a lot of scenery viewing. Its worth the effort but expect to be portaging your bike more than the guide recommends.
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