Dinkey Lakes Trail

Shaver Lake, California 93642

Dinkey Lakes Trail

Dinkey Lakes Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"In comparison with the hundreds of other lakes in the Sierra, the Dinkey Lakes are nothing out of the ordinary. The lakes are subalpine with trees on at least one side and spectacular walls of granite on the other. The meadows around the lakes are grassy, festooned with Labrador tea and a profusion of flowers such as colorful paintbrush, monkey-flower, primrose, penstemon, and shooting star. What makes this area so unusual is the short and easy access to the lakes and views. It is a great area for a day hike, an ideal place to take beginners backpacking, and a wonderful trail for families."

Dinkey Lakes Trail Trip Reports

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It's crazy that these sweet lakes are so close together and you can either enjoy them slowly while backcountry camping or see them in a loop all in one day. I love the peace and solitude here, so I like to take a few days and enjoy the beauty. Mosquitoes can get ugly so packing repellent is a must, otherwise it will put a damper on an otherwise very scenic, beautiful hike.
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Great Hike. We did it in a day easily. Beautiful lakes, one after another. Lots of mesquitos so make sure to wear repelent. We hiked to the right which takes you to Mystery Lake first. I would recommend that direction. We had a GPS so from Rock Lake we went up to look at Dogtooth Peak. Worth the extra hiking. Makes the hike 11.65 miles. I would rate it about a 3 in difficulty.

Dinkey Lakes Trail Photos

Trail Information

Shaver Lake
Nearby City
1,250 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 hours
July through mid-October
8,560 feet
Trailhead Elevation
9,810 feet
Top Elevation
Dinkey Lakes Wilderness; Prather Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USFS Dinkey Lakes Wilderness; USGS Dogtooth Peak
Local Maps

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