Trampas Lakes Trail 31

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Photo of Trampas Lakes

Attractions and Considerations:

This is a moderately difficult trail, climbing up the canyon and ending at either of three separate lake basins.  Each of these lakes is located in a beautiful setting at the base of high mountain ridges with jagged rocky peaks. Remember, to camp outside of a 300’ radius around all lakes.

From the Trampas Campground, the trail begins with a moderate to easy climb.  After a couple of miles the canyon opens into a narrow, avalanche created meadow and the first view of the rugged ridge to the southeast can be seen.  The trail begins a steeper climb after this, with a few switchbacks up the more difficult sections.  At about 5.5 miles, you will encounter a trail sign directing you to the different lake basin.  The trail to the west travels about a mile to Hidden Lake.  The trail continuing south heads upstream a short distance to the lower and upper Trampas Lakes (11,400).  In order to preserve the delicate lake environment, select a site outside the lake basin.  No grazing available for horses.

It is possible to climb the ridge to the west of the lakes and drop down to the San Leonardo Lakes.  This is a very steep and difficult climb. The top of the ridge provides a spectacular view in all directions. 

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  Trampas Lake Trail 31

At a Glance

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



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Difficulty Level: Moderate


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  Area/Length : 
5.5 miles

  Elevation : 
8,960 feet - 11,400 feet