Robinson Lake Trail

Starting from the Onion Valley Campground, Robinson Lake Trail ends at Robinson Lake in the John Muir Wilderness. It is a popular destination for day hikers. The distance to Robinson Lake is approximately 1.4 miles, and the elevation gain is approximately 1,300 feet.. The trail is rough and infrequently maintained.

Download area map for trail names.
To purchase more detailed maps or guidebooks of the area, visit

Robinson Lake Trail Recreation Guide (pdf)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Weather
Reservations: Reserve up to 6 months in advance at
Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permit required year round for overnight trips.
  • Day use does not require a permit.
  • Robinson Lake trail is included in Kearsarge Pass trail quota.
  • May 1 through November 1 overnight visitors are limited to 60 people per day.
Closest Towns:
  • Independence, CA (food, gas, lodging)
  • Lone Pine, CA (full service, hospital)
Water: Water from creeks, lakes and springs should be treated before drinking.
Restroom: Vault toilet at trailhead. Along trails, bury human waste away from water sources.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center:

General Information


From Highway 395, in Independence, CA:

  • Turn west on Market Street.
  • Onion Valley is about 15 miles west of Independence, at an elevation of about 9,600 feet.
  • The Robinson Lake Trail begins at the east end of Onion Valley Campground, near Site #8.
  • The road is usually open from May to November, depending on snow conditions.


Day Hiking


Permit required?: Y
Difficulty Level: Easy

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities



  Area/Length : 
1.4 miles to Robinson Lake.

  Elevation : 
9,200 ft. at trailhead. - 10,500 ft. at Robinson Lake.