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Wright's Lake

Hiking Trail or Trailhead
Wright's Lake is a non-motorized lake popular with kayakers and paddlers. –

ADA Accessibility Notes

The campground and Lake facility is ADA Accessible. However, none of the hikes in this area are suggested for wheelchairs or other mobility assistance devices.

At 7,000 feet in elevation, Wright's Lake is situated in the timber belt close to the lake shore and looks up at the majestic rocky peaks of the Sierra Nevada and Desolation Wilderness. The area is well-known for its hiking, wildflowers, and bird life. In a normal snow year, the season generally runs from early July to mid-October. Wright was an early homesteader and farmer in the 1850s, and you can see the faint remnants of his site at the lake.

Other opportunities in the area are amphitheater programs, mountain biking, horse camping, four-wheel driving on Barrett Lake Jeep trail (late July), and fishing. Wilderness permits are required for both day hiking (available at the trailhead) and overnight (available at Pacific Ranger Station).There are two ways to access Wright's Lake, Rockbound and Twin Lakes Trailheads. From Highway 50 approximately four miles east of Kyburz, turn left on the Wrights Lake Road and continue north for eight miles to the Wright's Lake Campground. At the campground take the left fork for the Rockbound Trailhead Parking area and the right fork for the Twin Lakes Parking Area. The second way is from Highway 50 approximately ten miles east of Pollock Pines; turn left on Ice House Road. Continue north for eleven miles and turn right on the Ice House/Wright's Lake Tie Road. Follow this road for approximately eight miles and turn left on the Wright's Lake Road. The campground will be two miles north of this junction.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Motor boats (including electric motors) are not allowed on this lake, so bring your canoe, kayak, paddle boards, raft or waders. A canoe dock makes accessing your canoe easier. A camp attendant is available from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Extra parking is limited. Firewood can be gathered in the area. For local information, call the Eldorado Information Center at 530-644-6048.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are allowed in Desolation Wilderness and on most other U.S. Forest trails. Pet owners please follow guidelines: Keep pet on 6 ft leash at all times. Control excessive barking. Check Paws often on rocky terrain, can cause cuts, consider protective dog pads. Pick up or bury canine waste. Keep your dog close by when encountering other people. Remember to bring enough water for you and your pet.

Trail Distance

Hikes in this area range from a .5 mi easy hike to s 5.6 mi more difficult hike. Longer hikes require a permit.

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