Independence Lake Road

Tahoe National Forest, California

Elevation Gain102ft
Trailhead Elevation6,471ft
Elevation Min/Max6387/6471ft
Elevation Start/End6471/6471ft

Independence Lake Road

Independence Lake Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sierra County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 6,471 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 102 feet.

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Backcountry Adventures: Northern California (Adler Publishing )
Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
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"The best time to travel this trail is between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when Independence Lake is open to the public. Sierra Pacific Industries, owners of the lake, allows fishing, boating, picnicking, and camping for a small fee. The trail leaves FR 07 along a graded gravel road, passing one of the original sections of the Henness Pass Road, before the standard drops to a roughly graded road. The spur to Independence Lake begins at an informally marked turn and travels to a fence around the lake. The gate is open when the lake is open to the public. A small fee is charged for driving to the lake area or camping at the informal campground. There is no charge for parking at the gate and walking down to the lake to fish. Visitors must stop and register at the office immediately past the gate. Past the office, an old two-story building on the right was once the hotel for the lumber settlement of Twin Lakes. Special Attractions: Fishing and camping at Independence Lake; Lightly traveled trail with spectacular views; Access to a network of backcountry OHV trails. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

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Drove to the gate and it was closed, with no trespassing signs all over the place.

As I understand the situation, Sierra Pacific Industries either sold or is in the process of selling the property to The Nature Conservancy.

So either due to The Nature Conservancy's purchase or desired purchase of the property, they have closed the property to the public.


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Trail Information

Tahoe National Forest
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Tahoe National Forest
Tahoe National Forest
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USGS Independence Lake, Hobart Mills, Truckee
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