San Leonardo Trail #30

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Attractions and Considerations:

The 3.6  mile trail (from Las Trampas Campground) is rocky and climbs quickly up the canyon through dense conifer forests to San Leonard Lakes (11,360 feet).  Sheer cliffs rise up from the south, creating exceptional settings for the trip up the canyon.

It is possible to climb the high ridge to the east and drop to the Trampas Lakes.  This is a very steep and difficult climb of about 1,000 foot elevation change in less than a mile, but if you make the ascent you will be treated to a great view in all directions.

Park at the Trampas Lake trailhead and locate a brown plastic 3" wide Carsonite sign at the corner of the guardrail running along the southern edge of the trailhead parking lot to start.  Head south, passing along the east side of the campsite.  Then, cross the river to reach what looks like a trail through the mountains.  It gets you up to the higher San Leonardo Lakes trailhead in under one mile.  Find and follow the trail accessible between two segments of guardrail. 

Recommended Season:

Summer and fall for hiking, mountain biking and horseback and winter and early spring for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

Map of Trail 30

At a Glance

Open Season: June
Information Center: For more information contact:  Camino Real Ranger District.



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Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


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  Area/Length : 
3.6 miles

  Elevation : 
9,240 feet - 11,360 feet