Bull Run Lake Trail

Area Status: Open

This trail features a beautiful alpine meadow, a lake with an island in the middle, and great views. The first mile and a half is fairly level in the alpine meadow, then the trail starts an ascent into a more difficult slope. The trail connects with the Heiser Lake Trail at the 2-mile marker and then continues to the Mosquito Lakes Trailhead on Highway 4.

The trail starts at the Stanislaus Meadow Trailhead off of Highway 4 east of Lake Alpine; the distance to the lake from there is 3.5 miles.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Permit Info: Most of the trail is within the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness; a wilderness permit is required for overnight camping.


Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to More Difficult


Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
3.5 miles