Five Lakes Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Placer County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest and Granite Chief Wilderness. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 6,543 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,864 feet. The Five lakes trailhead attraction is near the trailhead.
Five Lakes Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This moderate scenic hike between two popular ski resorts climbs across an exposed granitic landscape before entering the Granite Chief Wilderness, where you and Pooch can enjoy the sights and refreshing coolness of one or all three of the five lakes along this popular trail."
--Linda B. Mullally and David S. Mullally, Best Dog Hikes Northern California (Falcon Guides).
"This hike offers quick access to the Granite Chief Wilderness, climbing
through rugged terrain to the peaceful Five Lakes Basin."
--Bubba Suess, Hiking Northern California (Falcon Guides).
"A short but steep climb leads to a forested basin holding five serene, forest-rimmed lakes which are well suited for an afternoon of sunbathing, picnicking, fishing, or just relaxing. Since the lakes are only an hour from the trailhead don’t expect to be alone, particularly on weekends."
--Mike White, Top Trails Lake Tahoe (Wilderness Press).
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