Highland Creek Trail (Silver Valley Trailhead)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Highland Creek Trail (20E04) runs from the Silver Valley Trailhead at Lake Alpine to the Highland Creek Trailhead at Highland Lakes. It intersects with several trails along its route: from the Silver Valley Trailhead, the Emigrant Trail (19E01) at .2 miles; the Duck Lake Bypass Trail on the left (20E04A to Rock Lake) at .7 miles; and the Elephant Rock Trail (18E20) on the right at 1.3 miles. From there it turns to the left (east) and runs along the south side of the Duck Lake for .6 miles to the south end of the Duck Lake Bypass trail. From there the trail continues east and then south for 2.7 miles to the Rock Lake Trail (18E215) at Rock Lake and another 1.2 miles to the Mud Lake Trail (18E05A).  From there it turns briefly south and then northeast for 3.9 miles to the Bull Run Creek Trail (19E43) at the northeast end of Spicer Reservoir, 2.8 miles to the Weiser Creek Trail (19E41) at Hiram Meadow, and 4.7 miles to the Highland Creek Trailhead.

Most of the trail is within the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (HWY 4)
Online wilderness permits are available. Obtain a free online wilderness permit.
Permit Info: wilderness permit is required for overnight visits to the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer, early fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Bear Valley to the west, Markleeville to the east
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


See the Silver Valley Trailhead page for directions to the trailhead at Lake Alpine. For directions to the Highland Creek Trailhead at Highland Lakes, see the Highland Creek Trailhead page.



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