Lake Lois and Lake Schmidell

Kyburz, California 95720

Lake Lois and Lake Schmidell

Lake Lois and Lake Schmidell Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"“Lake Lois and Lake Schmidell” sounds so friendly and gentle, with a poetic ring to it, but this hike is the opposite of easy. The name of the trail— Rockbound—should be your first clue. Bound on the left, the right, and to the front by granite (more likely, granodiorite), every step is on rock and more rock. Or so it seems.

From either trailhead, gain the Rockbound Trail, which raises you from 6,800 feet to 8,600 feet in 6 miles. The shine of the polished granite is interrupted by sluggish erratics, determined conifers, and stealthy wildflowers. Climb to Rockbound Pass and look out over Rockbound Valley from the crest of the Crystal Range. A short descent on the Blakely Trail brings you to beautiful Lake Lois for a peaceful night beneath an open sky."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,646 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
10 hours (overnight)
Depends on snow; permits required for day hiking and overnight camping.
6,954 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,600 feet
Top Elevation
Eldorado National Forest, Pacifi c Ranger District, 530-644-2349,
Local Contacts
Desolation Wilderness (Wilderness Press)
Local Maps

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