Grouse, Hemlock, and Smith Lakes

Kyburz, California

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The short hike to these three beautiful lakes rewards hikers of all ages with stunning vistas down onto Wrights Lake and the Crystal Basin from up on the edge of the Crystal Range. Your hike begins in a flower-filled meadow and includes cascading streams, glacier-polished granite, and snowcapped peaks. This trek is most often easy but does have some short, strenuous sections to remind you of the elevation.
Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada

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Five-Star Trails: Lake Tahoe: 40 Unforgettable Hikes in the Central Sierra Nevada

by Jordan Summers (Menasha Ridge Press)

The short hike to these three beautiful lakes rewards hikers of all ages with stunning vistas down onto Wrights Lake and the Crystal Basin from up on the edge of the Crystal Range.

Your hike begins in a flower-filled meadow and includes cascading streams, glacier-polished granite, and snowcapped peaks. This trek is most often easy but does have some short, strenuous sections to remind you of the elevation.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kyburz
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5–4.5 hours
Season: Depends on snow; permits required for day hiking and overnight camping.
Trailhead Elevation: 6,721 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: US Forest Service, Taylor Creek Visitor Center, 530-543-2674, tinyurl.com/taylorcreekvisitorcenter
Local Maps: Desolation Wilderness (Wilderness Press)
Driving Directions: Directions to Grouse, Hemlock, and Smith Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

9/28/2013
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Grouse (hemlock and smith lakes) Nearby City:Kyburz Length:6 total milesElevation Gain:MinimalTrail Type:Out-and-backSkill Level:ModerateDuration:3.5–4.5 hoursTrailhead Elevation:7,000 feetTop Elevation:8,700 feet http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGS551-025 Nearby City:Kybur zLength:6 total miles Elevation Gain:Minimal Trail Type:Out-and-back Skill Level:Moderate Duration:3.5–4.5 hours Season:Year-round Trailhead Elevation:7,000 feet Top Elevation:8,700 feet this one we decided to just go to grouse - though the other ones i've been to and the hike isn't as steep as getting to grouse, it was serene and relaxing so we decided to not go on - plus it was opening hunting season and i really wasn't comfortable having sheela running so far ahead of us as we forgot her orange pack at home! this is a lot of step ups onto boulders so bad knees isn't a good idea. and there are many more hikers than you'd expect because it's a relatively short hike to grouse even though it's steep. i'd say it's a little tougher than moderate except that it's not a great distance



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