Rock Lake Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail features two small lakes, Elephant Rock Lake and Rock Lake, Elephant Rock, and granite outcrops. There are some burned-over areas, including around Rock Lake. The trail enters the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness at about the halfway point. 1.9 miles one-way. Moderate difficulty.

The trail starts at the Union East Campground Trailhead (area is unavailable), which increases the one-way distance to 3.2 miles; this trailhead is accessible to all highway-legal vehicles.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Calaveras Ranger District (Hwy 4)
Online wilderness permits are available. Obtain a free online wilderness permit.
Permit Info: Wilderness Visitor's Permit is required for overnight visits to the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Summer, early fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information


From the Calaveras Ranger District head east on Highway 4 for approximately 26 miles, turn right on Spicer Reservoir Road, follow it for 7.9 miles, then slight left onto Forest Route 7N29Y (high-clearance road). Follow 7N29Y to the end, about four miles. See the Elephant Rock Lake Trailhead page for a map.



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