Grass, Rock, Jamison and Wades Lakes

Graeagle, California 96103

Grass, Rock, Jamison and Wades Lakes

Grass, Rock, Jamison & Wades Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A quartet of delightful lakes lures backpackers and hikers alike on this semi-loop trip. Grass, Rock, Jamison, and Wades lakes are among the few lakes around the Lakes Basin Recreation Area where camping is allowed, which explains the lakes’ popularity with backpackers. However, camping isn’t the only appeal, as the scenery is superb, the fishing is reported to be fair, and the swimming can be quite refreshing on a typically hot summer day.

Smith Lake, which is easily accessed by a 1.3-mile lateral from the Jamison Creek Trail, has similar attributes. Although much of the route is snow-free by mid-June in an average year, Wades Lake may be snowbound until sometime in July-check with Plumas National Forest for current conditions. Early-season hikers should also expect to get their feet wet at some of the stream crossings. While the trails within Plumas Eureka State Park are not dog friendly, the Jamison Creek Trail is an exception, since, although the trail begins in the park, most of the route is on Forest Service land."

Grass, Rock, Jamison & Wades Lakes Reviews

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Beautiful trails! My husband and I did this one as an overnight backpacking trip. Granted, there are some out there that do this semi-loop as a day hike, speed trekking, and trail running. We were passed by a few of those! For us slower folks out there, there is plenty to see: Jamison Falls, pristine lakes, rugged mountains, wild flowers (even in summer!), and wild life. I would definately do this one again!

Grass, Rock, Jamison & Wades Lakes Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
1,550 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 to 6 hours
Best mid-June through October
Plumas-Eureka State Park at 530-836-2380,; Plumas National Forest at 530-836-2575,
Local Contacts
USFS Lakes Basin, Sierra Buttes, and Plumas-Eureka State Park Recreation Guide
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018