Granite and Hidden Lakes Loop Trail

Kyburz, California 95720

Granite and Hidden Lakes Loop Trail

Granite and Hidden Lakes Loop Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This hike showcases two scenic lakes—Granite and Hidden—that offer good destinations for a day hike or an easy overnight backpack trip. Or make it a loop hike and add a third and larger lake—Silver—to the tour, as well as some additional miles. Campgrounds and three resorts around Silver Lake offer excellent base-camp opportunities to explore this trail and other routes to the adjacent Mokelumne Wilderness."

More Granite and Hidden Lakes Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Other than the initial section of short, moderately steep trail to Granite Lake, this trip follows one of the mellowest trails in the region, making the journey well suited to families, or to hikers looking for an easy outing.

Two lakes are visited, one cradled in a sea of granite and the other surrounded by cool forest. Both Granite and Hidden lakes make fine destinations for picnickers and anglers."

Granite and Hidden Lakes Loop Trail Reviews

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9/25/2018
This high country loop begins at Silver Lake. The trail gradually climbs up granite slabs to great vistas of Silver Lake & Thunder Mountain. In a short span, you reach Granite Lake. The granite benches around the lake are great for swimmers. The trail continues on to Hidden Lake. Dark forests surround this gem of a lake. Hiking down from Hidden Lake, the route crosses meadows with profuse wildflowers. The loop returns to Silver Lake at the historic Plasse’s resort. The return trail follows the east shore of the Lake. Watch a video of this hike at and visit
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8/29/2009
This trail is beautiful but very hard to find. Not only was it difficult locating the trail head which is hidden amongst cabins, but the trail itself can be very ellusive. There is a section toward the top that veers left that was very difficult to locate with many false trails leading off in different directions. Also manuvering through the campground was akward and the end of the trail covers a large granite area where the trail completely disappears.
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9/15/2007
Pretty much as described with the exception that the very first part of the trail is not terribly obvious. When you climb the first rise through the forest, stay at the base (to the left) of the open granite area as you progress. The trail becomes pretty obvious very soon after. Total time was about four hours out and back (with a lot of stops to take photographs). It's probably 2 to 2 1/2 hours if you just keep going. I posted a few photos on Google Earth at the appropriate locations along the trail.
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Granite and Hidden Lakes Loop Trail Photos

Trail Information

Kyburz
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
7
Distance
700 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
4 to 6 hours
Duration
Best: June-October
Season
Eldorado National Forest and Mokelumne Wilderness
Local Contacts
USGS Caples Lake
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018