Granite and Hidden Lakes

South Lake Tahoe, California

Granite and Hidden Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"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 Reviews

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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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Trail Information

South Lake Tahoe
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
6
Distance
475 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
3 to 3.5 hours
Duration
Best July to mid-October
Season
Eldorado National Forest at 209-295-4251, www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado
Local Contacts
ENF, SNF, HTNF A Guide to the Mokelumne Wilderness
Local Maps
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